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J. STEVENS, "England's Last Revolution Pentrich 1817," 1977, Moorland Publishing, ISBN-13: 978-0903485432.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the churchyard Lych gate on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009.



  • The parish was in the Ripley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2511 thru 2513
1891 R.G. 12 / 2747


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Matthew.
  • The church was built circa 1150.
  • The church tower was extended in the late 1500s.
  • The church was restored in 1859.
  • The church is a Grade I listed building with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 200.
  • Robert HOWL has a photograph of St. Matthew's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.
  • Robert HOWL also has a photograph of St. Matthew's tower on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1621 for baptisms.
  • Marriages at Pentrich, 1640-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • 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.
  • We also have a pop-up window of the 1640 Protestation Rolls in a text file for your review.
  • And there is available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's Phillimore's images the 1641 Protestation Roll for this parish.
  • Photographs of Pentrich Gravestones from the churchyard can be viewed at John MILLS' website.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"PENTRICH, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 5 miles N.E. of Belper, its post town, 2½ S.W. of Alfreton, and 3 W. of the Ambergate railway station. The village, which is considerable, and was formerly a market town, is situated on the road from Birmingham to Sheffield through Ripley, near the Cromford canal tunnel and the river Derwent. The tunnel of the Cromford canal is 2,966 yards in length, and in the neighbourhood is the reservoir of the Nottingham canal."

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

There is a good photograph of Pentrich main road taken by Alan MURRY-RUST on Geo-graph.

John DART has a photograph of the Village sign on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2015. Obviously the authorities have NOT forgotten the "revolution" of 1813.

Alan MURRY-RUST also has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009. Visitors should stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The parish is famous for the "Pentrich Revolution", an act of civil unrest from June, 1817, when a large body of men planned to march on Nottingham to protest rising food prices and the depression and unemployment that followed the ending of the Napoleonic Wars.
  • We have a list of those who were punished for participating in the Pentrich Revolution.
  • An extensive list of the Pentrich Revolutionaries can be found on Spnglefish.
  • There is a photograph of the Pentrich Revolution Plaque taken by Mikd BARDILL on Geo-graph.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Dog Inn on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2009. The Inn is noted for its fine food. Prior to 1900, this was apparently "The Old Dog Inn".
  • These are the names associated with the Dog Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1891 Benjamin GODBER
1895 Geo. WAYNE, farmer
1912 Attwood SEARANCE

Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial outside St. Matthew's Church. A photograph and names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials.
  • Inside St. Matthew's Church there is a memorial window to Lieut. Bernard R. WINTHROP-SMITH who died in World War One.

Names, Geographical

In the 1086 Domesday Survey the name appears as Pentric, meaning "Hill of the Boar" in Celtic.
A. D. MILLS, A Dictionary of English Place Names," Oxford Publ., 1991

You will often find the name mis-transcribed in old records. It may appear as "Penbridge" or "Pentrick".


Politics and 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 Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Pentrich Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to do family history lookups for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ilkeston (Ripley Court) petty session hearings every other Monday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.