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Archives and Libraries

The Derby Free Library and Museum, built in 1879, is a structure of red brick, in the Domestic Flemish Gothic style, and was the free gift of the late Michael Thomas BASS esq. M.P.

Jerry EVANS has a photograph of the Derby Central Library on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.

Malcolm NEAL also has a photograph of The Local Studies Library on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017. You may find this Library more useful than the Central Library for your work.



  • CUNNINGHAM, Pat - Joan Waste, Derby's Martyr. Pecsaeton , 2008. ISBN 978-0-9556325-1-8.
  • AUSTIN, Michael - 'Almost Like a Dream' : A Parish at War, 1914-1919
    From the start of the First World War until the Armistice, the Vicar of St Michael's, Derby encouraged men serving in the War to write to him telling of their experiences. Their letters were published month by month in the parish magazine and they have now been assembled under the editorship of The Revd Canon Michael Austin for a wider audience. The book also includes biographical notes and pictures of several of the men.


A cemetery of 4.5 acres was opened in the Uttoxetter New Road in 1842 with one mortuary chapel.

A cemetery of 43 acres was opened on Chaddeson Hill in 1855 with two mortuary chapels.

The Nottingham Road cemetery was opened in 1855, covering 35 acres with two mortuary chapels. It was later enlarged by 24 additional acres.

All these cemeteries were and are under the management of the Derby Corporation.



The city is the heart of the Derby Registration District.


Church History

  • The Cathedral of All Saints (known as Derby Cathedral), is a cathedral church and it is the seat of the Bishop of Derby.
  • All Saints was founded about 943 by King Edmund I. The current Cathedral dates from the 14th century.
  • The cathedral was rebuilt in 1725.
  • The cathedral was enlarged in 1972.
  • Malcolm NEAL has a photograph of the street leading to cathedral on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2003.
  • Saint Andrew's church opened in 1864 and closed in 1969 and was later demolished.
  • Saint Andrew's was designed by Sir George Gilbert SCOTT, and was known as the "Railwaymen's Church".
  • Derby also has:

St. Alkmund

St. Michael

St. Peter

St. Werburgh

  • Saint John the Evangelist parish was founded in March, 1847 from the civil parishes of All Saints, St. Alkmund, and St. Werburgh:
  • Saint John the Evangelist church was erected on Bridge Street at the corner of Mill Street in 1828: Additions were made in 1871.
  • That church was restored in 1891.
  • Saint John the Evangelist church seats about 1,110:

Church Records

  • Marriages at St Alkmund's Church, 1538-1812, Marriages at St Michaels Church, 1559-1812, and Marriages at St Peter's Church, 1558-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Saint John the Evangelist church's register only dates from 1847:
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Baptist Church on Green Street, on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2012.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the relatively new Baptist Church on Osmaston Road, on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2012.
  • Derby also has a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to Saint Mary,
  • Malcolm NEAL has a photograph of St. Mary's Catholic Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.
  • The Friends Meeting House was on St. Helen's street.

Civil Registration

The city is the heart of the Derby Registration District.


Correctional Institutions

  • His Majesty's Prison was built in 1827 on a six acre site in South Street near the Friargate.
  • The prison was built to hold 380 inmates.
  • To see more about this prison go to our St. Werburgh site.

Description and Travel

"DERBY is a market, borough, and county town, possessing separate jurisdiction, locally in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch: it is 126 miles N.W. from London, 56 S.E. from Manchester, 34 S.S.E. from Chapel-en-le-Frith, 33 S.S.E. from Buxton, 24 S. from Chesterfield, 16 W. by S. from Nottingham, 13 S.E. from Ashbourn, and 12 N. by E. from Burton-upon-Trent."

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

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Derby has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.




Medical Records

Derby city had a number of hospitals, asylums, sanitaria and specialized care facilities. None of these was required to archive their patient records, and what does exist may fall under the 100-year closure laws. You may find administrative and accounting records in the county archives.

The county Lunatic Asylum was at Mickleover.

The Derbyshire Royal Infirmary was on the London Road. This is now the London Road Community Hospital.

The Royal Derby Hospital, (formerly Derby City General Hospital) is one of two teaching hospitals in the city of Derby. It is on Uttoxeter Road about three miles west of the City Centre.

The Derbyshire Hospital for Sick Children was on North Street. This is now co-located on the Royal Derby Hospital site.

The Derbyshire Hospital for Women was on Bridge Street.

The Borough Infectious Hospital was on Mansfield Road.


Military History

  • The military Royal Drill Hall was on Beckett Street.
  • The Depot of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment & Headquarters of the 45th Recruiting Area were at The Barracks, Old Normanton.
  • During World War I the Red Cross established a VAD Hospital here on Duffield Road in Haye Leigh.
  • The Royal Army Medical Corps was headquartered at 91 Siddals Road. They had a school of instruction for ambulance workers here.
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007.


The city of Derby hosted seven newspapers:

  1. Derby and Chesterfield Reported, publ. Thursday afternoons.
  2. The Derby Daily Telegraph.
  3. The Derby Express, publ. 4 times per day.
  4. The Derby Mercury, publ. Thursday evenings.
  5. Derbyshire Advertiser, publ. Friday and Saturday
  6. Football Express, publ. Saturday
  7. Nottingham Daily Guardian

Politics and Government

  • The town was anciently an amalgamation of several ecclesiastical parishes in Derby county.
  • In 1898, all the small Civil Parishes in the town were incorporated as a Municipal Borough.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • The parish of Derby itself had Large's Hospital which was five apartment almshouses for Clergymen's widows in Friargate.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings at the county Hall every Friday at 11am.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became the center of the Derby Poorlaw Union.
  • The Derby Poorlaw Union workhouse was completed in 1878 and was situated about 1.5 miles from the town on the Uttoxeter road. It was a large brick structure in four blocks.


"The grammar school at Derby is believed to have originated as a school attached to the collegiate church of All Saints, but by the mid twelfth century it had been transferred to the care of the newly founded abbey of Darley... Occasional references to a schoolmaster occur in (the fifteenth century), but we have no firm information as to the site of the original school... The refoundation of the school dates from 21 May 1554, when Queen Mary, in return for a payment of £260 13s. 4d., granted the corporation of Derby a number of properties formerly belonging to Darley Abbey and to the College of All Saints, as well as the Church of St Michael... and the endowments of several other suppressed chantries and gilds for ... the foundation of 'a Free Grammar School, for the instruction and education of boys and youths in the said town of Derby for ever to be maintained by the Bailiffs and Burgesses of the same town ...' It is believed that, not long after this grant, the corporation built a new school building adjacent to St Peter's churchyard, where the school continued to flourish until it moved to St Helen's house in 1863.

"Apart from the grammar school for boys, the nuns of the priory of King's Mead - who were mostly daughters of the leading county families - ran a boarding school for young ladies which likewise perished at the Dissolution."
  • The Derby Technical College in Green Lane, founded in 1890, provided hands-on training in the mechanical sciences, physics, chemistry and biology. It even included a school of art.
  • The Public Elementary School on Ashbourne Road was built in 1879.
  • The Public Elementary School on Brighton Road was built in 1891 and enlarged in 1905.
  • The Public Elementary School at Firs Estate was built in 1877 for 655 senior boys and 350 junior boys, 389 senior girls and 350 junior girls.
  • The Girard Street (Council) School was built in 1873 and enlarged in 1895 to hold 899 children.
  • The Special School for Defectives on Normanton Road was erected in 1903 for 80 children.