• 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)

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.

Alternatively, the Library at Swadlincote is an excellent resource.



  • 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.
1851H.O. 107 / 2011 folio 616
1861R.G. 9 / 1963
1881R.G. 11 / 2759
1891R.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:







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



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK262211 (Lat/Lon: 52.786912, -1.612392), 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.