Kirk Langley


John BARTHOLOMEW's Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887) tells us:

"Kirk Langley, par. and vil., in co. and 4½ miles NW. of Derby, 2,552 ac., pop. 679; P.O."


Archives & Libraries

Kirk Langley is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at the Cunnery on every fourth Monday in the morning.

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



Phil MYOTT has a photograph of the Lychgate of St Michael's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.



  • The parish was in the Duffield sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851H.O. 107 / 2144
1861R.G. 9 / 2506
1891R.G. 12 / 2741

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church was built in the early 14th century on the site of an older Saxon church.
  • The church was repaired in 1839.
  • The church gallery was erected on the south side in 1840.
  • The church was restored in 1890-91.
  • The church seats 250.
  • Phil MYOTT has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1655 for baptism and 1656 for marriages.
  • Marriages at Kirk Langley, 1654-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Duffield.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"LANGLEY, or Kirk-Langley, with MEYNELL LANGLEY form a parish, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, about 2 miles S.E. from Brailsford, on the road to Derby. The little trade it enjoys is maintained, like Brailsford, by the passing through of travellers. The church, which is dedicated to St. Michael, was nearly destroyed by a violent tempest which happened in 1545. The living is a rectory, in the patronage of Godfrey Meynell, Esq. A free-school for twelve children, originally founded in 1750, and a Sunday-school, under the patronage of the rector, are in the parish - which contained, at the last census (1831) 553 persons, being one more inhabitant than was returned for it in 1821."

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

Note: The date of 1545 given above also appears as 1845 in other sources. Kirk Langley is also a township in the parish. It sits 8 miles south-west from Belper. Meynell Langley  is a hamlet in this parish. Langley Common is a crossroad due south of Kirk Langley where Long Road intersects Moor Lane (the B5020).

You can see pictures of Kirk Langley which are provided by:







Meynell Langley Park held a manor that was the seat of Sir Godfrey Franceys MEYNELL who was lord of the Manor in 1912.

Langley Hall was the residence of George William PEACH esq. in 1912.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK288388 (Lat/Lon: 52.945819, -1.572851), Kirk Langley which are provided by:


Military History

The church contains an elaborate memorial to Lieutenant William MEYNELL who was killed at Giurgiu on the Danube in 1854 when fighting with the Turks against the Russians.

Captain Herbert Christian HOLLAND (Member Royal Victorian Order) resided here in 1912. He was a Captain in the Derbyshire Yeomanry. He had fought in the Ashanti War in 1881. He held the office of Chief Constable of Derbyshire between September 1897 and 1916. He would die in May, 1916, and be buried in Buxton, DBY.

Captain Bryan ORMONDE D.S.O. resided here in 1912.



Jane TAYLOR offers this tidbit from the Derby Mercury of 7 June 1804: MISC: "STOLEN OR STRAYED: From Langley Common, near Derby, on Friday the 11th of May, 1804, Three EWES and One Wether LAMB, Marked with a round Dot of Raddle on the middle of the Back, and a stroke down the near side of the tail. If stolen, whoever will discover the Offender or Offenders, on Conviction, shall receive a handsome Reward; if Strayed any person giving information to the Owner, Thomas AULT, of Langley aforesaid, so that the said Sheep may be recovered, shall be well rewarded, and paid all reasonable expenses. "

Jane TAYLOR provides this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 31 Jan 1805: MARRIED: "Monday last, Mr. Chas. HANDFORD, of Kirk-Langley, in this county, to Miss SADLER, of Vicar-Wood, near Kedleston."  The marriage took place in Mackworth, DBY on 28 Jan 1805 and the bride was Elizabeth SADLER. Charles HANDFORD was born circa 1784.



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 29 March 1804 DIED: "On the 21st instant, aged 78, much respected by his friends and acquaintance, Mr. George HODGKINSON, senior, of Meynell Langley, in this county, farmer."


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The Kirk Langley Parish Council holds its meetings in the Village Hall. You may contact them regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.


In 1752, the Reverend John BAILEY built a school here. That was replaced with a Public Elementary School (mixed) built here in 1879 for 120 children. You can find contact information at the Kirk Langley Parish Council web page.

Phil MYOTT has a photograph of the 1879 Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.