SHARDLOW, a township in the parish of Aston-upon-Trent, hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 7 miles S.E. of Derby, its post town, and 4 S.W. of Sawley railway station. The township is situated on the Trent and Mersey canal, near its confluence with the river Trent, and includes the hamlet of Great Wilne. On, the banks of the river are coal and timber wharves. About a quarter of a mile from the village the Trent is crossed by Cavendish Bridge, constructed in 1771.

Shardlow gives name to a Poor-law Union comprising 46 parishes or places in the counties of Derby, Leicester, and Nottingham, and contains the union poorhouse. There are salt works in the vicinity. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield, value £300. The church has a tower containing six bells. E. A. Holden, Esq., is lord of the manor.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

The best place to do research is in the Derby Local Studies Library.



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.
  • Michael SPENCER has done a partial extract of Parish Register Burials to assist you. Your Corrections and additions are welcomed.
  • 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 & 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.

You can see pictures of Shardlow which are provided by:





  • The transcription of the section for Shardlow from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin HINSON.
  • In John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72" he describes:
"SHARDLOW, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Derbyshire. The village stands near the river Trent, 2 miles S of Draycott r. station, and 6½ E S E of Derby; and has a post-office under Derby. The parish contains also the village of Great Wilne, and comprises 1, 580 acres. Real property, £3, 848. Pop. in 1851, 1, 121; in 1861, 945, of whom 136 were in the workhouse. Houses, 191. The property is subdivided. S. Hall is the seat of J. Sutton, Esq. Cavendish Bridgeover the Trent, near the village, was built in 1771, at a cost of £3, 333. The Trent and Mersey canal joins the Trent about ½ a mile below the village, and has here timber and coal wharves. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £300. Patron, J. Sutton, Esq. The church is good, and has a pinnacled tower. There are chapels for Wesleyans and New Connexion Methodists, and a parochial school."


In Phillimore's marriages at Taxal, CHS: "13 Aug 1828 John RADCLIFF of Shardlow, Aston upon Trent p & Martha Ann BRADLEY." Thank you, Marjorie Ward.


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.
  • As a reminder of Shardlow's past as a shipping port, David MARTIN has a photograph of Moored narrowboats on the Trent and Mersey Canal taken in March, 2013.
  • 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.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Shardlow Hall near the eastern end of the village on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.

John SLATER also has a photograph of Shardlow Hall on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2013.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Shardlow House on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.

Alan also has a photograph of the Manor House on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.

And Alan also has a photograph of the Gateway to Shardlow Hall on the eastern edge of the village, taken in January, 2018.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK434303 (Lat/Lon: 52.868436, -1.356721), Shardlow which are provided by:


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.
  • The hospital (former Workhouse) had an operating theatre which was hit by a bomb in WW2.
  • Part of the hospital was sectioned off as a convalescent home for wounded servicemen.

Names, Geographical

The name appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Serdelau. It is from the Old English Sceard + hlaw, meaning "mound with a notch or indentation" or, more loosly, "mound with scar".



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 & 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

  • 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. It was called "The Grove" for many years. 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.
  • The children of the Workhouse inmates and staff attended the village school.
  • 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.
  • Dr. Charles HARWOOD, a local G.P., was the medical officer to the workhouse in the 1880's and 1890's.
  • After 1945 it became an old people's residential home with hospital facilities for people needing 24 hour care.

Probate Records

For more information on Wills and Probate, see our county Probate page.

Thank you, Michael SPENCER, for the following:

In an 1858 Will by Wm. JOHNSON of Derby, he mentions Wm. Johnson CLARKE of Shardlow.

In an 1858 Will by George BUTTERY of Shardlow mentions:

  1. wife Sarah
  2. Geo. BURTON of Heanor
  3. un-named children
  4. Philip BURTON
  5. John HINKLEY

Another 1858 Will (made in 1849), by Ann DICKENSON of Shardlow mentions:

  1. Elizabeth HINKLEY
  2. John HINKLEY
  3. James CLIFFORD
  4. John Hinnkley WILLIAMS

In an 1861 Will, Jane SMEDLEY Shardlow spinster, mentions:

  1. brother William
  2. niece Mary BIRKIN
  3. niece Jane BIRKIN
  4. niece Sarah Ann SMEDLEY
  5. niece Levivia DICKINSON
  6. niece Mary Ann STOKES
  7. Elizabeth Jane SORESBY Shardlow spinster witness
  8. Jeanette SORESBY Shardlow spinster witness
  9. John James SIMPSON District Registrar

In an 1862 Will (made in 1858, codicil 1860), Thomas COWLISHAW Shardlow Gent., mentions:

  1. wife Sarah
  2. dau. Sarah wife of Henry John RADFORD
  3. occ. Wm. STATHAM prop in Shardlow
  4. prop in Hugglescote Leics
  5. Tho. HARRISON Risley
  6. Rich. HALL Wilne Gent.
  7. dau. Mary latetly widow of Henry RADFORD of Derby butcher but now wife of Tho. BRIGGS
  8. Gelscoe Farm Breedon in occ. of Tho. WYLDE
  9. Sharlow prop in occ. of Saml. LEE
  10. Aston on Trent prop in occ of Wm BATES
  11. dau. Eliza STATHAM
  12. Shardlow prop in occ. of Wm. SNUTCH and Wm. STEER
  13. J. CURZON witness
  14. Wm. WHEATCROFT witness
  15. prop in Ibstock in occ. of Geo. BURTON
  16. grandchildren ie John, Henry, Thomas, Adelaide RADFORD
  17. Richard POTTER son of my late wife
  18. Mary KING sister of my late wife
  19. Elizabeth TEBBUTT late Elizabeth BULLOCK a grand dau. of my late wife

In an 1865 Will (made in 1861), Philip BURTON Shardlow late plumber, mentions:

  1. friend Wm. SMITH Langley Mill, Tonnage Collector
  2. friend Geo. GREGORY farmer Heanor
  3. son George
  4. J. SMITH jnr. Aston on Trent witness
  5. H. MINTON jnr. Aston on Trent witness
  6. Henry DICKINSON Shardlow agent
  7. Henry SOAR Sharlow book keper (sic)

Testator died at Harby, Leics on 29 Sep 1864.

In an 1865 Will, Sarah WILD, Shardlow, mentions Charlotte COPE, Nottingham.

In an 1865 Will, Jacob SMITH of Shardlow, mentions:

  1. wife Ann
  2. son Joseph Botham SMITH
  3. son James Hardy SMITH
  4. son Jacob Botham SMITH
  5. dau. Elizabeth Botham SMITH
  6. Josh SALE Solr. Derby witness
  7. Henry MILLS Clerk to Mr. SALE

An 1866 Will by Henry CROSSLEY,Shardlow, died 1849, mentions Mary CROSSLEY, Saxby, LIN.

An 1869 Will by William DERBYSHIRE Shardlow died 1862 mentions Anne DERBYSHIRE.

An 1870 Will by William ROBERTS Shardlow mentions William ROBERTS.

In an 1871 Will, John COWLISHAW, Shardlow innkeeper, mentions:

  1. friend James FOX Shardlow grocer
  2. William Crossley BEESTON Wilne, farmer
  3. dau. Mary Cope COWLISHAW
  4. son John George
  5. son Charles Edwin
  6. Landlord G. J. EATON
  7. John BUTON miller ? witness
  8. William STENSON schoolmaster. witness

An 1872 Administration of a Will by Thomas SIMPKINS mentions John SIMPKINS.

An 1874 Administration of Ann SMITH Shardlow mentions Joseph Botham SMITH (See the 1865 Will).

An 1874 Administration of George CLARKE Shardlow mentions Mary Ann CLARKE.

In an 1876 Will (made in 1864), Thomas MOORE Shardlow, farmer, mentions:

  1. friend Ralph COWLEY Breadsall farmer
  2. friend Tho. COCKAYNE Quarndon butcher
  3. dau. Sarah MOORE
  4. dau. Jane MOORE
  5. Jno. MOODY Solr. Derby witness
  6. Frederick ROBINSON Clerk to Mr. MOODY witness
  7. John Hardy SMITH Shardlow Gent.
  8. Thomas Moore COWLEY Breadsall farmer neph
  9. Noah TAYLOR farm lab. Shardlow witness
  10. James McCOWEN Clerk with Mr. Jno. MOODY Solr Derby

Also in an 1876 Will (made in 1867), John IRONMONGER innkeeper, Shardlow, mentions:

  1. wife Elizabeth Jane
  2. son John
  3. John H. WILLIAMS, Estate Agent, Shardlow, witness
  4. Wm. Chatterley PORTER, Shardlow. witness

In 1876, Jane IRONMONGER left a Will.

In 1876, Thomas MOORE left a Will.

In 1885, Ellen DRAPER left a Will.

In 1887, Arthur BARKER left a Will.

In 1887, Elizabeth Jane SORESBY left a Will.

In 1887, Jeanette SORESBY left a Will.

In 1888, John BROWN left a Will.

In 1891, Francis HOLDEN left a Will.

These are the Wills and Administrations for Shardlow Residents (some are noted above):

Year   Individual Year   Individual Year   Individual
1858 George BUTTERY 1879 John Hincklay WILLIAMS 1906 Elizabeth MOORE
1858 Ann DICKENSON 1880 Thomas EITOVEN 1910 Edmund COOK
1859 George CORBETT, bastard 1883 Charles COWLISHAW 1911 Charlotte BARKER
1860 John TAFFT 1883 Mary HARDY 1911 George RATCLIFFE
1861 Thomas SEPHTON admon. 1886 William WINFIELD 1912 Hannah MEADS
1861 Jane SMEDLEY 1887 Eliza STATHAM 1912 Joseph RADFORD
1862 Thomas COWLISHAW 1889 James ADAMS 1912 Emma ROBERTS
1862 William COWLISHAW 1889 James PLACKETT 1915 Herbert EYRE
1863 Joseph HARDY 1891 Ann MARSHALL 1915 Ernest GLENN
1863 Michael Thomas JONES 1891 Elizabeth Ann WATTS 1916 George Cargill FORD
1863 Michael SHARDLOW 1892 Sarah COWLISHAW 1916 Mary HENSHALL
1865 Philip BURTON 1894 Elizabeth EATON 1917 Thomas BELE
1865 Mary COPE 1895 William WRIGHT 1919 William DARLINGTON
1865 Jacob SMITH 1896 Harriet COPE 1919 Mary SHARDLOW
1867 Samuel CLIFFORD 1897 the Rev. William Roby BURGIN 1922 George HERROD
1868 George CLIFFORD 1897 the Rev. John EATON 1923 Sarah THOMPSON
1868 Henry COWLISHAW 1897 John IRONMONGER 1924 Elizabeth Anne COWLISHAW
1868 John HUSTON 1897 Harriet ROBERTSON 1924 Frances Maria SCOTT
1870 John BAMFORD 1897 Aaron SHARDLOW 1926 William Thomas GOODWIN
1870 James FINLAY 1897 Lavina THOMPSON 1928 James FOSTER
1870 James Stevenson SORESBY 1899 Ellen COWLISHAW  
1871 John COWLISHAW 1900 Ann COOK  
1871 Henry John RADFORD 1900 Joseph MOORE  
1874 William MOODY 1900 William Wilson OSBORNE  
1875 Joseph MARSHALL 1901 Joseph FOX  
1878 William STEER 1903 Sarah OSBORNE  
1879 John HENSHALL 1903 Catherine ROBERTS  
1881 Marianne HARVEY 1903 John SCOTT  
1882 George COWLISHAW 1904 William ROBERTS  
1882 Thomas DAKIN 1906 Joseph COPE  


Sources differ on when the first school was opened here.

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.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has another photograph of Shardlow School showing the entire building on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2018.