CUBLEY, a parish in the hundred of Appletree, in the county of Derby, 5 miles S. of Ashbourne, its post town, and 6 from the Uttoxeter station of the London and North-Western railway. It is situated on a branch of the river Dove. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value with the rectory of Marston-Montgomery annexed, £523, in the patronage of the Right Hon. Baron Greene. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is a handsome building in the Norman style, with lofty tower and four bells. There are parish and-Sunday schools. Cubley Gorse is a meet for the Hoar-Cross hounds. A market was formerly held here.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

The Ashbourne Library is an excellent resource with a Local History section and a Family History section.



Alan WALKER has a photograph of the graves alongside St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2004.

Michael SPENCER and Louis R. MILLS provide a list of a partial extract of Parish Register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcome.



  • The parish was in the Sudbury sub-district of the Uttoxeter Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851H.O. 107 / 2010
1861R.G. 9 / 1957
1891R.G. 12 / 2195

Church History

  • There was a Christian church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Andrew.
  • The church was built in the last half of the 12th century, but there was a church here earlier, in 1068.
  • The church was repaired in 1855.
  • The church tower was restored in 1874.
  • The church nave was restored in 1909.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Alan WALKER has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2004.
  • David KELLY also has a photograph of St. Andrew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2018.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1566, but some early entries are illegible and some years are missing.
  • The Anglican parish register includes entries for Marston Montgomery chapel up to 1660.
  • Mike SPENCER found this entry in the church overseers records: 3 Jun 1822 Paid Mr BATEMAN for Certificate to bury Ann BULL who was shot by accident. 3/6d.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashbourne.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1874 but it was disused by 1990.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Sudbury sub-district of the Uttoxeter Registration District.

Description & Travel

"CUBLEY is a parish (having no dependent township), in the hundred of Appletree; the village being situate about 6 miles S. from Ashbourn, which is the post town for this place. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew: the living is a rectory, with the perpetual curacy of Marston-Montgomery annexed, in the patronage of the Earl of Chesterfield. The parish contained, in 1831, 471 Inhabitants."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

The village sits astride the old Roman road known as Long Street, although there is no evidence of Roman settlement in the parish. The principal village is "Great Cubley", with the hamlets of Little Cubley to the south and Cubley Common to the north.

You can see pictures of Cubley which are provided by:







  • Samuel JOHNSON's father left Cubley as a young man. Samuel was the author of the first Dictionary of the English Language.
  • The land has largely been used for dairy pasturage.
  • The Village Hall was built in 1934.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK165381 (Lat/Lon: 52.940043, -1.75593), Cubley which are provided by:


Military History

There is a large white marble First World War Memorial on the wall of St. Andrew's church.

There appears to be No Commonwealth War Graves in St. Andrew's cemetery.


Military Records

Colonel Henry Arthur CLOWES owned a large part of the parish land. He was Sheriff of the county in 1908. He is commemorated on the War Memorial above. He died in Egypt at age 48 while serving in the Staffordshire Yeomanry in 1916.


Politics & Government

  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014). Consider stopping in when it is open and asking for a schedule of forth-coming activities.
  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were heard in the Sudbury petty session hearings on the last Monday of each month.
  • There is an index of Cubley Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Cubley" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • With the passage of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Uttoxeter Poorlaw Union in Staffordshire.


A public school was built here in 1871 to hold up to 96 children.

Christine JOHNSON has a photograph of the Old School at Great Cubley on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012.