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  • CROFTS, Joyce and READ, Joseph - 'Footsteps through Smalley'. a history, ISBN 190 38684 527 9. This is also on Microfilm 6036850 at the Family History Library.
  • TURTON, Robert - 'Pictures of Smalley'. Village past in photographs, Maps and Drawings.


  • The parish was in the Horsley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2508
1891 R.G. 12 / 2742


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church had formerly been a Chapel of Ease to the church in Morley.
  • The chapel was built in 1793 on the site of a much earlier church.
  • The chapel was enlarged in 1844.
  • The churchyard was added to the chapel grounds in 1878.
  • The church seats 270.
  • There are some photographs and a history of St. John the Baptist Church website.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1814 for burials, 1838 for marriages and 1854 for baptisms. Earlier records will be found at the church in Morley.
  • Marriages at Smalley, 1624-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register. Your additions and correction are welcome.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • The Baptists had a chapel and burial ground constructed here in 1780.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • This place did not become a separate Civil Parish until 1877.
  • The parish was in the Horsley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.

Description and Travel

"SMALLEY, a chapelry in the parish of Morley, hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 6 miles N.E. of Derby, its post town, and 4 N.W. of Ilkeston railway station."

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

Photographs of the village can be viewed at the Andy SAVAGE Derby Photos site.

You can see pictures of Smalley which are provided by:





  • Colin HINSON provideds the transcription of the section for Smalley from the National Gazetteer (1868).
  • John BARTHOLOMEW's "Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887)" describes the parish as:

Smalley, township and vil., Morley par., Derbyshire - township, 1718 ac., pop. 815; vil., 4 miles NW. of Ilkeston; P.O., T.O.; in vicinity is Smalley Hall, seat.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The church hall has become the Village Hall. Adam FOSTER has a photogrpah of the Church Hall on Geo-graph, taken in 2003.


Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of Smalley Hall on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2017.


Military History

  • During World War One, there was a Red Cross Hospital here at Smalley Hall and another at Morley Manor.
  • Andrew SAVAGE has a photograph of the War Memorial on Derbyshire Photos, taken in 2003.

Military Records

There is a single Commonwealth War Grave in St. John's churchyard for World War I:

  1. A. FLETCHER, priv. Machine Gun Corps, age 28, died 11 Nov. 1918. Husband of Sarah FLETCHER.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry and Township in Morley parish in Derby county 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 Smalley Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are Not staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.
  • In April, 1934, the Civil Parish was reduced by 77 acres to enlarge Stanley Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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