LONGFORD, a parish and township in the hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 6 miles S. of Ashbourne, and 9 W. by N. of Derby, its post town. It is situated on a tributary of the river Dove, and includes the hamlets of Alkmonton, Hollington, Hungry Bently, and Rodsley. The land is chiefly in pasture, with a very small quantity of arable and woodland. The soil is in general fertile. At Alkmonton are traces of an ancient religious house. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Lichfield, value £700.

The parish church, dedicated to St. Chad, is an ancient structure, mostly in the Norman style of architecture. It contains freestone stalls, and a monument of the Countess of Leicester. There is also a district church at Alkmonton, the living of which is a perpetual curacy*, value £50. There are almshouses founded by Sir R. Coke, and endowed with property producing £55 per annum. In 1688 Lady Catherine Coke bequeathed land producing £50 per annum for school purposes. The total amount of charities is about £77 per annum. The Earl of Leicester is lord of the manor."

"HOLLINGTON, a township in the parish of Longford, hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 5 miles S.E. of Ashbourne."

"HUNGRY-BENTLEY, a liberty in the parish of Longford, hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 4 miles S. of Ashbourne."

"NETHER THURVASTON, a hamlet in the parish of Longford, hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 8 miles N.W. of Derby, near the river Dove."

"RODSLEY, a hamlet in the parish of Longford, hundred of Appletree, county Derby, 4 miles S.E. of Ashbourne. There is a chapel for Wesleyans, also a school.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868



  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint Chad.
  • The outer walls of the church were rebuilt at the beginning of the 14th century.
  • The church seats 486.
  • David STOWELL has a photograph of St. Chad's Churchl on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1638 for all entries and is in fine condition.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • You should also check the burial register of Alkmonton parish.
  • Marriages at Longford, 1537-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Longford.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel in Rodsley township prior to 1891.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"LONGFORD is a village and township, in the same hundred as Brailsford, four miles S.W. from that village, 6 S. by E. from Ashbourn, and 11 W. from Derby. The country around here presents many agreeable prospects, and the ancient and spacious mansion of 'Longford Hall', with its pleasant grounds, the seat of Edward Cooke, Esq. are ornaments to the scenery. The church, which is dedicated to St. Chad, is of good dimensions, and of considerable antiquity: its architecture exhibits some portion of the Norman style, and in the chancel are three stone stalls. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,233 inhabitants, being less, by 31 persons, than were returned at the preceding census: the township of Longford contained, in 1821, 573, and in 1831, 536 inhabitants,"

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

The parish of Longford contains the townships of Longford, Hollington and Rodsley.

David STOWELL has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009. Visitors should stop in at the hall and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

You can see pictures of Longford which are provided by:






Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Longford 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 SK218377 (Lat/Lon: 52.936259, -1.677095), Longford which are provided by:



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 8 December, 1803, MARRIED: "On Tuesday se'nnight, at Londford, Mr. GARRATT, of New-Inns, to Miss GILMAN, daughter of Mr. Thomas GILMAN, of Thurvaston, both in this county." I suspect that should be "Longford", as there is a 22 Nov. 1803 wedding of Thomas GARRATT ro Elizabeth GILMAN recorded in the parish register for Longford.

Jane TAYLOR provides this extract from the Derby Mercury of 2 May 1805: MARRIAGES: "On Wednesday last, Mr. Robert GILMAN, to Miss HELLABY, both of Longford. And at the same time and place, Mr. John GILMAN, of Hollington, to Miss Ellen HELLABY, of Longford, both in this county."



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of December 8, 1803: DIED: "On Thursday last at Ardley, near Longford, in this county, aged 67, Mr. Thomas WILKINS, steward to Edward COKE, Esq. in which situation he and his father had served that family upwards of a century with integrity and credit. He was kind to the poor, a sincere friend, and good companion; his death therefore will be regretted by a large circle of acquaintance."


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 Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake) in the western division of the county.
  • Hollington Township was split off as a separate Civil Parish in December, 1865. In August, 1882, additional land was allocated to the new Hollington Civil Parish.
  • In March, 1887, one acre of the Paper Mill Houses was gained by Longford Civil Parish from Alkmonton Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the local Longford Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they will NOT do family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were heard at the Ashbourne petty sessional hearings every Saturday.
  • A photograph of the Longford Almshouses is at the Images of England website.
  • With the passage of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union.