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St Michael

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  • 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. Published by Merton Priory Press on behalf of Derbyshire Record Society in 1999, this book also includes biographical notes and pictures of several of the men.


  • The parish was in the St. Alkmund sub-district of the Derby Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 199
1861 R.G. 9 / 2494 thru 2497
1891 R.G. 12 / 2736 thru 2738


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Church History

  • St. Michael's Church stands on Queen Street:
  • A considerable portion of the church collapsed during divine services on 17 August, 1856 and was rebuilt in 1858:
  • Chris WHIPPET has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015:
  • Saint Michael's church closed in 1977.

Church Records

  • Saint Michael's parish register dates from 1559 and is in good condition.
  • Marriages at St Michael's Church, 1559-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the St. Alkmund sub-district of the Derby Registration District.

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • There is a photograph of the Boer War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken by Robin SCOTT in March, 2011.

Politics and Government

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • This Civil Parish was abolished in 1898 and merged into the Derby Urban District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Derby Poorlaw Union.