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Derby St. Peter

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  • The parish was in the St. Peter 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 / 2490 & 2499 thru 2501
1891 R.G. 12 / 2727 & 2728 & 2736


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Derby St. Peter area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Church of St. Peter was built in the 12th century. The street is now known as St. Peter's street.
  • In the church is a Flemish chest from the 14th century.
  • The church was restored and extended during the period of 1896-1900 and the tower was rebuilt.
  • Malcolm NEAL has a photograph of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.
  • A new ecclesiastical parish of Holy Trinity was formed from St. Peter's ecclesiastical parish in 1837.
  • A new ecclesiastical parish of Saint James the Great was formed from St. Peter's ecclesiastical parish in 1867.
  • The church seats 700.
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of St Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2008.
  • Victoria Hall in St. Peter's churchyard was run by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) and was used also for public meetings. The Hall was opened in March, 1895.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1558.
  • Marriages at St Peter's Church, 1558-1812 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. Peter sub-district of the Derby Registration District.

Correctional Institutions

Nuns' Green in this portion of Derby city, at the end of Friargate Road, was a traditional place of execution. Various substantial trees were being used before a tricorn wooden gallows despatched victims. By 1756 Nuns Green Gaol had been erected, mostly from stone from the Cornmarket Gaol, to house 29 prisoners, but this was extended over time. The gaol originally had seven cells and had very little ventilation.


Description and Travel

"LITCHURCH, a township in the parish of Derby St. Peter, hundred of Morleston-with-Litchurch, county Derby, 1 mile S.E. of Derby. It partly gives name to the hundred. The Derby union poorhouse is situated in this township."

[Description from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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Historical Geography

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



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar offers this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 17 March 1803: "DIED: On Sunday last, at her house on St Peter's Bridge, in this town, Mrs. WILLOTT, in her 87th year of her age."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this notice from the Derby Mercury of 4 July 1804: "MISC: Yesterday Joseph HAWKINS, of this town, was found drowned in the Derby Canal at Litchurch, In this county."


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottingham county and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1876.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.
  • There is a single Derby St. Peter Bastardy Paper held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Derby St. Peter" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Derby Poorlaw Union.