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ELVASTON, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 6 miles S.E. of Derby, its post town, and 2 S. of the Draycar station on the Derby and Nottingham branch of the Midland Counties railway. It is situated between the rivers Derwent and Trent, and is intersected by the road from Derby to London. It includes the hamlets of Ambaston and Thurlston. Alabaster is found here. The soil is a rich loam, resting upon a substratum of gravel.

The land is chiefly pasture. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield, value £350. The church is an ancient structure with a lofty tower, surmounted by pinnacles. It is dedicated to St. Bartholomew, and contains monuments to the Stanhope and Harrington families. The parochial charities produce about £150 per annum, £100 of which is solely for the poor. Elvaston Castle is the seat of the Earl of Harrington, who is lord of the manor.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

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Bibliography

  • MORRELL, J. F. - In the Shadow of a Castle. publ. unknown. Be careful, this title has been used before, so make sure the book is about Elvaston.
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Census

  • The parish was in the Shardlow sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2140
1861 R.G. 9 / 2490
1891 R.G. 12 / 2721
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Bartholomew.
     
  • The church was entirely restored in 1474.
     
  • The church seats 250.
     
  • Tom WOSIK has a photograph of St. Bartholomew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.
     
  • John SALMON also has a photograph of St. Bartholomewh on Geo-graph, taken in 1991.
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1662.
     
  • We have a pop-up window of extracted Parish Register baptisms (partial) in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
     
  • We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
     
  • Marriages at Elvaston, 1651-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of MeIbourne.
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Shardlow sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
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Description & Travel

"ELVASTON, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 6 miles S.E. of Derby, its post town, and 2 S. of the Draycar station on the Derby and Nottingham branch of the Midland Counties railway."

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

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK410325 (Lat/Lon: 52.888399, -1.392096), Elvaston which are provided by:

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Military History

  • The Traces of War website shows us the parish had a Starfish Decoy Site in Ambaston.
     
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007. The War Memorial is on the corner of Silver Lane and Main Road.
     
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Alvaston War Memorial erected in 1923 on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.
     
  • Alf BEARD has a close-up of the Elvaston War Memorial erected in 1923 on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
     
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby 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 Elvaston 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.
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
     
  • There is an index of over a dozen Elvaston Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Elvaston" from the list of parishes displayed.
     
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
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Schools

A Church of England School (mixed was erected in 1852, for 80 children,