Little Eaton


LITTLE EATON, (or Eaton Parva), a chapelry in the parish of Derby St. Alkmund, hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 3 miles N. of Derby, its post town. The Derby and Ripley branch of the Midland railway has a station here. It is situated on a branch of the Derby canal, near the river Derwent. There are some stone quarries, and the manufacture of paper is carried on. The living is a perpetual curacy* in the diocese of Lichfield; value £110, in the patronage of the Vicar of St. Alkmund's. The Independents and Wesleyans have each a chapel, and there is a National school.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

Little Eaton is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops by the Village on every fourth Thursday at mid-day.



  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2141
1861 R.G. 9 / 2494
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726

Church History

  • The ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1863 from St. Alkmund parish of Derby. Prior to then, this place had been a Chapel of Ease to St. Alkmund.
  • The chapel of ease was rebuilt in 1791. The chapel had been in a ruinous condition for decades before this and was last used as a blacksmith's shop. The new chapel was consecrated in July, 1791.
  • The chapel was enlarged in 1837.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Paul.
  • The church seats 350.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the church tower on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • The church has its own website with current information and a brief history.

Church Records

  • The chapel was licensed for baptisms and burials in 1790.
  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1813 for baptisms, marriages from 1865 and burials from 1814. Earlier registers exist under St. Alkmund, Derby.
  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • You might find these newspaper death notices from Trish Symonds of Australia useful, too.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Duffield.
  • The Independents had a chapel here built in 1843.
  • The United Methodists had a small chapel here before 1857 and replaced it with a larger church in 1906. This church closed in 1981.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"LITTLE EATON is a chapelry and village, in that part of the parish of St. Alkmund which is in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, rather more than one mile from Duffield. Here are many valuable collieries and productive stone quarries; bleaching grounds, belonging to Messrs. Smith & Sons, and machine-paper works of Messrs. Tempest & Son; there are, besides, malting concerns, and corn-mills on the Derwent river."

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

The parish covers only 530 acres and a small stream called "Bottlebrook" runs through the village.

The railway came to the village in 1856.

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Historical Geography

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





You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK362415 (Lat/Lon: 52.969642, -1.46243), Little Eaton which are provided by:


Military History

  • The Traces of War website tells us that there is 1 Commonwealth War Grave from World War I and 1 from World War II.

Military Records

The World War I casualty buried in the churchyard is:

  1. W. E. YATES, rifleman, KRR Corps, died 26 May 1918.

The World War II casualty buried in the churchyard is:

  1. Eric JOHNSON, volunteer, Home Guard, age 19, died 3 Jan. 1941.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby St. Alkmund parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as a modern Civil parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Little Eaton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed or funded to provide family history searches. Their web site does give access to information about local clubs and the village hall. At last check (2012), the local history page was incomplete.
  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1780.
  • After the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.