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Archives and Libraries

The Blagraves Library on Blagreaves Lane in Littleover is open 4 days per week and has a small free parking lot. The Library functions as part of the Derby City Library system, so that entire resource is available to you.



Alan MURRAY-RUT has a photograph of the churchyard at St. Peter's on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2017.



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


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was built in the 14th century as a Chapel of Ease.
  • The church is on Church Street at Normanton Lane.
  • The church was restored in 1857.
  • The church was enlarged in 1871.
  • The south aisle was added in 1908.
  • The church is on Church Street at Normanton Lane.
  • The church seats 320.
  • The church has its own website, but it offers no history of the building.
  • Littleover also has a new Anglican church dedicated to Saint Andrew and constructed in 1979 on Blagraves Lane.

Church Records

  • Remember that you may have to search under Mickleover for records prior to 1866 (when the parish was formed).
  • The London Family History Centre has the parish registers for 1680 thru 1924 and the Bishop's Transcripts for 1662 thru 1869 on microfilm.
  • Mike SPENCER provides a partial extract of Parish Register Burials for your use.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Derby.
  • The Baptists built a chapel here before 1857.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here before 1857.
  • The Derby New Church is a Swedenborg church, built in Babbington Lane in 1931.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837. But, remember, this place did not become a separate Civil Parish until the late 1800s.
  • The parish was in the Shardlow sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"LITTLEOVER, a chapelry in the parish of Mickleover, hundred of Morlaston, county Derby, 2 miles S.W. of Derby, its post town. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage* of Mickleover, in the diocese of Lichfield. The chapel contains a marble monument to one of the Harpur family. A short distance from the village is situated the county lunatic asylum, on an elevated spot from which there is an extensive prospect."

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

The village now functions as a suburb of Derby city and lies 3 miles south of the city centre.

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Historical Geography

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



The parish feast day was held on or immediately after St. Peter's Day (29 June).

Alan MURRAY_RUST has a photograph of the White Swan pub. on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2017.

Malcolm NEAL has a photograph of The Half Moon Public House on Burton Road on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2017.


Military History

Alan MURRAY_RUST has a photograph of the Littleover War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2017.

  • According to the Traces of War website, there are 10 Commonwealth war graves from World War II in the churchyard.
  • Geoffery ALCOCK tells us that during WWII, "Huge concrete anti-tank barriers were constructed on Burton Road just beyond Constable Drive and also on Kings Drive just below Elms Ave."

Military Records

Buried in Malta: Stuart J. W. POULSON, RAF 114 Sqdn., RAF Volun. Resrv., age 20, died 16 Apr. 1944, son of Cuthbert W. and Marie E. H. POULSON.

Buried in Italy: Sidney Geo. SMITH, 5th Surevy Regt., Royal Artillery, age 31, died 24 July 1944, husband of Frances Mary SMITH.

Others from Littleover:

  1. BACKHURST Private Henry "Harry" 25561 6th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment KIA 9/10/1918 Age 21 Son of Alfred & Florence Backhouse. Born at Dalston Nr Hackney. Enlisted in Derby Littleover.
  2. GRIEVE Pilot Officer James Gavin Caldwell 101057. 21 Squadron KIA 6/2/1942 Age 29 Son of Dr John C & Jessie GRIEVE of Derby. Malta Memorial Panel 3 Column 1.
  3. GROVE Private James William 39461 8th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment DOW 20/11/1917 Age 34 Son of Frederick George & Fanny GROVE. Dozinghem Military Cmy XV.C.3 .
  4. PEGG Lance Corporal Ashley James 25139138 The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment. 15th May 2005. Age 23. Belper Cemetery.
  5. PEGG Private George 20087 11th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment) KIA 1/7/1916 Age 26 Son of John & Emma PEGG of 112 Porter Rd., Derby. Thiepval Memorial Pier & Face 10C 10D&11A Littleover (St. Peter) Churchyard.
  6. THIRLBY Second Lieutenant Stuart Longsdon 6th Bn. Leicestershire Regiment KIA 22/3/1918 Age 25 Son of Frank Stuart & Annie Longsdon THIRLBY of Littleover. Pozieres Memorial Panel 29&30 Littleover (St. Peter) Churchyard.

Names, Geographical

This place was known in post-Roman times as "Parva Over", literally: Little Over.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Township and Chapelry in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1928, this parish gave up 62 acres to Derby Civil Parish and 156 acres to Normanton Civil parish.
  • In April, 1968, this parish was abolished and 14 acres were given to Findern Civil parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • In 1768 Thomas WADE left a charity of 12 shillings a year to be paid to poor widows on every St. Thomas day. In 1857, his descendant, Geoerge WADE, was still honoring this bequest.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish joined the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


A public Elementary School was built here as a National School in 1845, then rebuilt in 1912 to hold 165 boys and girls and 60 infants.