"EGGINTON, (or Eggington) a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 4 miles N.E. of Burton-on-Trent, its post town. It is situated near the old Roman highway Icknield Street, and within a short distance of the Willington station, on the W. branch of the Midland Counties railway. In Domesday Book it is written Eghintune, and is there described as having a church, a priest, a mill, and six farmers. The rivers Dove and Trent and the Grand Trunk canal pass through the parish."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]


Archives & Libraries

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





  • The parish was in the Tutbury sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861R.G. 9 / 1958
1891R.G. 12 / 2196

Church History

  • There was a priest here at the time of the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfrid (spelling variations abound!).
  • The church was built in early Norman times, but was inadequate for use only a few decades later. This early building was likely built on the site of the Saxon church.
  • The church was entirely rebuilt around 1295.
  • The church was entirely restored in 1891-92.
  • The church is a Historic Building listed as Grade I.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Church of St. WIlfrid on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.
  • Rosemary LOCKIE has several photographs from inside St. Wilfrid Church on her website.
  • Mangal has a photograph of a Shed at St. Eilford's on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1561.
  • There are several monuments to the EVERY family inside the church.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Longford.
  • The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1894-95.
  • M. J. RICHARDSON has a photograph of the Primitive Methodist chapel of 1894 on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2016.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Tutbury sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.

Description & Travel

Egginton is a village and a parish 8 miles southwest of Derby city, 4.5 miles north of Burton on Trent and 127 miles north of London. The river Dove is the southern border of the parish. That river feeds into the river Trent not far away.

The Derby Airport is just to the west of the village. This is an airport for private planes only - no commercial flights use this field.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Old Egginton Station on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

You can see pictures of Egginton which are provided by:




Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries

Mel LOCKIE has an extract from the Lewis's Topographical Dictionary, 1831 on his website.





Egginton Hall was the seat of Sir Edward Oswald EVERY, baronet, in 1912.

Malcolm NEAL has a photograph of the Eggington Hall gatehouse (ed: Should be Egginton) on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2017.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK266281 (Lat/Lon: 52.850055, -1.606474), Egginton which are provided by:


Military History

  • In March 1644 there was a battle on Egginton Heath between the Royalists and Sir John Gell's forces in which the Royalists are said to have been driven across the River Trent.
  • During World War I Egginton Hall was used as a Red Cross Hospital to treat and house the war wounded.
  • During World War II Egginton Hall was taken over first by the Army and later by the RAF. Bomber Command used the hall for planning bombing raids over Germany. There was a Military Camp just south of the village.
  • There is a War Memorial plaque inside St. Wilfrid's Church. It is an engraved wooden panel honouring 4 men who died in World War One.
  • There is a War Memorial inside Egginton Memorial Hall's Geoff Wilson Room. It is an inscribed wooden plaque.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of a Pill box near Rolleston on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2008.

Military Records

Names on the War Memorial are:

  1. George DICKEN
  2. James GRIFFIN
  3. Thomas HAYWOOD
  4. Walter KNIGHT


Jane TAYLOR of Redcar provides this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 13 December, 1804. DIED: "On Tuesday se'nnight, much respected, Mr. John LOWE, of Eggington, in this county; High Constable for the Hundred of Repton and Gresley."


Politics & Government

  • 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 Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Egginton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • There is an index of seven Egginton Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Egginton" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • In 1820 William NEWTON left £2,000 as a charity. That was augmented in 1856 by £300 by Rev. John LEIGH.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.


  • A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built in 1857 and enlarged in 1891 for 99 children.
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of Egginton School on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.