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Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the churchyard gate and railings on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.



  • 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 & 2722

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was built in 1838.
  • The church is dedicated to Saint James.
  • Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of Shardlow Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2009.
  • Tim GLOVER also has a photograph of the St. James Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 1999.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1839.
  • The Anglican church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1829.
  • The Baptists built a chapel here before 1853.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"SHARDLOW is a village, in the parish of Wiln and Shardlow, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, seven miles S.E. from Derby; situate upon the banks of the river Trent, over which is a good stone bridge, forming the communication with Leicestershire; it was built by the Cavendish family, from which it takes its name. This place derives considerable importance from being a station for the trans-shipment of goods upon the Trent and Mersey canal, on the banks of which are erected warehouses. At Wiln mills is manufactured a particular sort of cotton yarn, known by the name of 'Wiln yarn', for which there is generally a considerable demand: at this place is a large poor-house. In 1821 the parish contained 993 inhabitants, and in 1831, 1,091."

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

Current Shardlow information is at the Derbyshire villages website.

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The Cavendish Bridge over the River Trent was built in 1771.
  • There is a history of the village at the Shardlow Heritage Centre.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Dog and Duck Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Shakespeare Inn on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2011.
  • These are the names associated with the Shakespeare Inn in various directories:
Year  Person
1831 Thomas BULLOCK
1857 William SISON
1891 Mrs. Louisa ADAMS
1912 Thomas BEALE


Shardlow Hall was a mansion of stone built in 1684 for Edward SUTTON. Shardlow House was also the property of Edward SUTTON and was built for him in 1726.


Medical Records

Grove Hospital stood in Shardlow. The main hospital buildings were constructed in 1816 as a workhouse. It was converted into a hospital in 1970 and closed for the last time at the end of 2005.

David LALLY has a photograph of the "Site of the Grove Hospital" on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2009.

Chris DIXON has a photograph of another part of Grove Hospital on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2005.

Hospitals were not required to archive patient records, but the Archives may hold photographs and management records.


Military History

  • Alf BEARD has a photograph of the War Memorial outside the church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this announcement from the Derby Mercury of 27 January, 1803: DIED: "Yesterday, Alphens BURGIN, Gent. of Shardlow, in this county, aged 83 years."


Politics and Government

  • This place was a Township in Wilne parish in county Derby and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the joint Shardlow and Great Wilne Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT funded to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings, held on alternate Tuesdays.
  • In 1816 a group of parishes erected a joint workhouse in Shardlow near the west end of the town. This was later to become "Grove Hospital". Some of the parishes were in Nottingham, so this required parliamentary approval for the "Shardlow and Wilne Poor Relief Act".
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became the centre of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • A number of extensions and improvements were made to the old Workhouse buildings over the early years of the Union.
  • The Shardlow Poorlaw Union workhouse was a red brick structure, built in 1857, to hold 148 inmates on the London road.


A Parochial School was erected here in 1843, for 100 boys & 100 girls & infants.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Shardlow School on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.