STAPENHILL, a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 1 mile S.E. of Burton-on-Trent, its railway station and post town, and 11 miles S.W. of Derby. The village, which is extensive, is situated on the river Trent. The parish includes the hamlets of Cauldwell, Newhall, and Stanton. A portion of the inhabitants are engaged in the coal mines, which are extensively worked. The surface is hilly, and the soil a strong loam. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield, value £373.

The church, dedicated to St. Peter, was erected on the site of an older one in 1830, at the expense of the vicar. There is also the district church of St. John's, Newhall, the living of which is a perpetual curacy*, value £100. The parochial charities produce about £4 per annum. There is a National school for both sexes, also an infant school. The Wesleyans have a chapel. John and Samuel Hieron, divines, were born in this parish. The Marquis of Anglesea is lord of the manor.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

Your best bet is to use the Burton-on-Trent Public Library at Riverside, off High Street. Check their collection of local newspapers.



  • A Saxon Cemetery was discovered near Stanton Road in 1881.
  • The Stapenhill Cemetery is just north of the village.
  • John BERESFORD has a photograph of the Stapenhill Cemetery Gate on Geo-graph, taken in August 2005.


  • The parish was in the Burton upon Trent sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2011 folio 616
1861 R.G. 9 / 1963
1881 R.G. 11 / 2759
1891 R.G. 12 / 2199

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Peter.
  • The church was rebuilt in 1830 (or 1838, sources vary) on the site of an older, ruinous church.
  • The church was rebuilt again in 1880-1881.
  • The church seats 850.
  • John BERESFORD has a photograph of St. Peter's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August 2005.

Church Records

  • The church register dates from 1679.
  • Michael SPENCER has collected an extract of Stapenhill burials from the parish register for your review. Your additions and additions are welcomed.
  • You might look for your relatives in the Parish register on Brett PAYNE's Freepages site.
  • In 1911, the parish contained chapels for Wesleyan Methodists, United Methodists and Primitive Methodists.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"STAPENHILL is a parish, in the hundred of Repton and Gresley; the village being about 2 miles S.W. from Burton-upon-Trent. The parish, in which are coal mines, is bounded on the west by the river Trent. The church is dedicated to St. Peter: the living is a discharged vicarage, in the gift of the Marquess of Anglesey; the incumbent is the Rev. Henry Des Voeux, and his curate the Rev. Joseph Clay. A charity school has been erected by the last-named rev. gentleman, and is supported by his munificence, and that of the Miss Clays'. The parish contained, in 1831, 1,926 inhabitants, & the township 572 of that number."

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

Stapenhill had a ferry across the Trent River. The village sits on the South-east bank of the River Trent.

You can see pictures of Stapenhill which are provided by:






Historical Geography

  • Stapenhill was originally a parish belonging to Derbyshire, but "transferred to Staffordshire in 1894 and now included within the borough of Burton on Trent."
    (Ref: The Place-Names of Derbyshire, K. CAMERON, Cambridge University Press, 1959)

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



The parish land was mostly in pasture even as late as 1911.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK253214 (Lat/Lon: 52.789583, -1.626281), Stapenhill which are provided by:


Military History


Military Records

There is a War Memorial in Saint Peter's church. The inscription reads:

Remember before God/our brothers who laid down/their lives for us/1914 - 1918/
L L Robinson/R Matthews/W H Atkin/B Felgate/T Brennan/E Bentley/W H
Bates/J Warren/F J Kellam/J Webster/G H Rowley/A Freeman/F Holmes/W L Holly/
F Lake/S Bould/J Rulter/A R Thornley/A C Smith/W Rawlins/E Clarke/J Fenton/
C W Herbinson/A S Wood/A Watkins Williams/A Tomlinson/A Johnson/J W Parker/
C J Poynter/J D Ashford/G A Adams/H L B Williams/F Bracey/F J Hooper/J W Cornes/
T & J Higginson/M & W Holland/W Witherow/S Woodward/A Evershed/C Gilbert/
W Stockwell/J A Marshall/J Jaques/S Watson/T Bircher/W A Brown/A & J Haynes/F W Sant/
L Kent/S Clare/A Adams/P Peach/W Timms/J W Gough/A Bird/H Adams/P Scott/
A J Ross/H Tubey/S Wilkinson/D L Williams/J W Fairhead/E Thompson/A J Chapman/
C C Thompson/E Chamberlain/R Mackenzie/H S & W Morris/F Holloway/G Alesbrook/
G H Barnett/E W Morley/J R Mead/W J Pritchard/H Wilson/J A Walters/H Beltany/
E W Wright/T A Wilson/T Aldridge/J Clarke/W H Smith/S Francis/L Hartshorn/
A & P Hook/H Roome/H Simnett/T Gadsby/H Dyer/J & F Mewies/W Brightman/
R H & T Adcock/J R Appleby/J H Holliday/G W Docker/W A & F L & T M Glover/C Manning/
W Burton/A Dulton/F Bailey/A J Coombey/L Dunwell/G H Willis/L A Bucknall/J Burton/
G E Spencer/J & S Upton/L W Eley/L W Wheway/L Potts/G Dunn/F Lewis/W Tack/
T Eaves/E Noble/W Cook/H J Tait/J Lucas/G Mills.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • The parish included the townships of Stapenhill, Caldwell and Stanton and Newhall. Caldwell split off and became a separate Civil Parish.
  • This parish was in the ancient Reton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In March, 1904, this Civil Parish was abolished and the parish amalgamated into Burton upon Trent Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty seeesion hearings every other Tuesday
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.


Stapenhill had a mixed school erected in 1875 for 399 boys, 232 girls and 261 infants.

Stapenhill also had a Mission Room School for girls and infants.