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  • Spondon Cemetery of 1.5 acres opened in 1880.
  • The cemetery is under the management of the Parish Council.
  • There is a photograph album of headstones at Flickr.



  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2494
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726


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


Church History

  • A church stood here for many years, but was destroyed in the Great Spondon Fire of 1340.
  • A district church was built here in 1839 and opened for services in 1840.
  • The church was formerly known as St. Mary's but in 1890 discovered to have been dedicated to St. Werburgh.
  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1892.
  • The church seats 700.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Werburgh's Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1580 for baptisms, 1653 for burials and 1714 for marriages.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at Spondon, 1653-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1877. The Methodist Church is on Lodge Lane.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"SPONDON, in the hundred of Appletree, is a parish which was formerly more extensive than now, the chapelries of Chaddesden, Lockhay, and Stanley having been some years since separated from it, and erected into distinct parishes. The village of Spondon, which is about three miles E.S.E. from Derby. is situate on a commanding eminence, overlooking the beautiful vale of Derwent, and is the residence of several highly respectable families."

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

The village of Spondon lies 3.5 miles east of Derby and 129 miles north of London, although it has been absorbed into the larger Derby municiple boundaries as of 1968. You may find current information at the Spondon Online site, including photographs.

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Historical Geography

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



  • A large part of the parish land was given over to pasturage before 1900.
  • A number of Inns and Public Houses existed in Spondon.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Anglers Arms on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • The Anglers Arms Public House had the following proprietors listed in Directories:
Year Person
1842 -- not listed --
1874 Js. COLLEY
1891 William DEDMAN
1895 William DEDMAN
1912 Thos. BENTLEY
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of The Crown Inn on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2013.
  • The Malt Shovel Public House had the following proprietors:
Year Person
1835 William HARRISON
1874 Timothy WINFIELD, v.
1891 Henry BAKER
1895 William FOSS
1899 William FOSS
1912 William HASLAN
  • Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of The Moon Public House on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.
  • The Prince of Wales Public House had the following proprietors:
Year Person
1842 -- not listed --
1874 Jas. BANCROFT
1895 -- not listed --
1912 Fredk. AUSTIN
  • The Vernon Arms Public House had the following proprietors:
Year Person
1842 -- not listed --
1895 -- not listed --
1912 Thomas TOMPSON
  • The White Swan Public House had the following proprietors:
Year Person
1835 John BENNETT
1842 Jno. BENNETT
1874 Thos. COXON, v.
1891 Peter COXON
1895 Peter COXON
1899 William DEDMAN
1912 Fredk. Lewis WARD

Military History

  • Captain Wiliam Drury DRURY-LOWE of the Grenadier Guards resided here in 1912. He had served in the South African War and died during the first World War in the 1916 Battle of the Somme.
  • During World War One, there was a VAD Red Cross Hospital here.
  • According to the Traces of War website, there are 4 Commonwealth war graves from World War I and 13 from World War II in the churchyard.
  • Spondon's War Memorial Plaque is on the wall of the village library.

Military Records

These are the Commonwealth War Graves in Spondon Cemetery:

  1. driv. Frank Stephen ASHBY, RASC, age 27, died 12 Jan 1947, husband of Kathleen ASHBY of Derby.
  2. petty officer Albert Llewelyn COPPING, RN, age 29, died 12 Feb 1946, husband of Margaret COPPING.
  3. W. O. Granville Trevor CORDON, 254 Sqdn. RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 22, died 26 Apr 1946, husband of Evelyn CORDON.
  4. Srgt. Donald DUNLOP, Royal Armoured Corps, age 25, died 9 Jul 1941, son of Robert and Annie DUNLOP of Chaddesden.
  5. trpr. Arthur Sidney HANCOCKS, Royal Armoured Corps, age 22, died 4 Sep 1941, son of Sydney Robert and Gertrude HANCOCKS.
  6. Srgt. William Mawrey HARVEY, RAF Vol. Rsrv., died 4 May 1944, son of William Howard and Ethel Mary HARVEY.
  7. air mechanic John George LAWSON, RN (H.M.S. Gosling), age 18, died 2 Jun 1944, son of Joseph Henderson and Florence Ellen LAWSON.


Jane TAYLOR offers this extractt from the Derby Mercury of 27 Dec 1804: DIED: "On Thursday last, aged 73, Mrs BRETNALL, widow, and relict of Thomas BRETNALL, late of Spondon, Esq."

Jane TAYLOR offers this tidbit from the Derby Mercury of 14 Feb 1805: DIED: "On Monday last at Spondon, in this county, after a short but severe illness, in his 29th year, most deservedly lamented, Wm. FEARNLEY, gent. Ensign in the Company of Volunteers at that place."


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when these were estabished.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was abolished and the land split between Dale Abbey and Ockbrook Civil Parishes.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became part of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.
  • The parish had four almshouses on Sawpit lane erected in 1873.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 1,119
1831 1,867
1841 1,954
1851 2,052
1901 2,550


  • A Public Elementary School was built here in 1839 and enlarged in 1887 to hold 500 children. Average attendance in 1895 was 100 boys, 110 girls and 105 infants.