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Archives and Libraries

Doveridge is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops by the Village Hall and the Church on Tuesday afternoons.



A new burial ground, 3/4 of an acre, was presented to the parish by Lord Watermark in April, 1890.

Peter TAYLOR has a photograph of a couple of ancient gravestones in St Cuthbert's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.



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


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


Church History

  • There was a church here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Survey.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Cuthbert.
  • The church was built around 1300.
  • The church was repaired in 1842.
  • The church was restored in 1866-69.
  • The church seats 350.
  • John SALMON has a photograph of St. Cuthbert's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 1991.
  • Legend has it that Robin Hood proposed to (or married) Maid Marian under the Yew Tree in the churchyard.
  • The church is Grade I listed with British Heritage.
  • Eirian EVANS has a photograph of St. Cuthbert's Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1574.
  • Mike SPENCER has contributed a partial extract of Parish Register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Longford.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1805 and was still functioning in 1895.
  • A Primitive Methodist chapel was built here in 1841 but appears to have been abandoned by 1891.

Civil Registration

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

Correctional Institutions

In 1895, William HOLLAND was the constable in charge at the police station in the village.


Description and Travel

"DOVERIDGE is a small village and parish, in the, hundred of Appletree, 17 miles. W. from Derby, and about 2 S. E. from Uttoxeter (Staffordshire), which is the nearest post town. Doveridge Hall, the seat of Lord Waterpark, is a modern and handsome building, pleasantly situate on an eminence, commanding a view of the town of Uttoxeter, the river Dove, and of the hills which terminate the prospect of the valley. The church, which is dedicated to St. Cuthbert, is a small edifice, chiefly in the early style of English architecture: the living is a vicarage, in the incumbency of the Rev. Henry Stokes. The parish contaned, in 1821, 843 inhabitants, and in 1831, 792, being fewer by eight than was returned at the census taken in 1811."

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

The parish covers 4,375 acres and includes the hamlets of West Broughton, Eaton, Sedsall, Ley Hill, Clownholme, Holtwood and Woodhouse.

Mick MALPASS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012. Perhaps they could use your graphic design qualifications and artistic talent to create a more enticing sign.

J. THOMAS has a photograph of the High Street in Doveridge on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.

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Historical Geography

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



  • There is a brief history of Doveridge online.
  • The Cavendish Arms Public House on the Derby Road is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Cavendish Arms on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016.
  • The Cavendish Arms Public House on the Derby Road had the following proprietors listed in Directories:
Year Person
1857 John CAMPION, vict.
1891 David WHITING, farmer
1895 Chas. SANDFORD
1912 James GADSBY


Doveridge Hall was built of brick in 1793.

Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.


Military History

  • Vice Admiral George John CAVENDISH who died 23 Oct 1865 is interred in the church.
  • Peter TAYLOR has a photograph of a Home Guard Post on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.
  • The Traces of War website tells us that St. Cuthbert's churchyard has two Commonwealth War Graves from World War II.
  • In 1912, retired Major George Northcote COLVILE of the Oxfordshire Light Infantry resided at the Manor House. He had served in the South African War in 1899 and 1900. He would be wounded during World War One.
  • In 1912, Major Edward Charles Shuttleworth HOLDEN (later Lt.-Col.) of the Derbyshire Yeomanry Cavalry resided at The Cottage in Doveridge. He would die in May, 1916, and be buried in Brookwood Cemetery, Woking Borough, Surrey.

Military Records

These are the World War II Commonwealth War Graves in the churchyard:

  1. Edward Peter Ivan FALLOWS, age 21, son of Joseph E. and Constance FALLOWS, Flying Officer, RAF Vol. Rsrv.
  2. Cecil Edward GAUNT, age 32, son of Horace E. and Norah F. GAUNT, corporal, RAF Vol. Rsrv.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this article from the Derby Mercury of 12 May 1803: "DIED: Thursday se'nnight, aged 66, of the influenza, Mr Thomas CHAWNER, of Doveridge, in this county.."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 16 June, 1803: "DIED: On the 7th instant, Mr. Samuel MELLOR of Doveridge, in this county, aged 44."


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when these were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You can contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are not staffed to assist you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provide by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of the Village Hall on Sand Lane on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2016. Stop in when they are open and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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


A public Elementary School was built here in 1841 for 120 boys & girls and 18 infants. Average attendance in 1912 was 58 boys and girls and 30 infants.