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Archives and Libraries

A Library was built in Alexander Road in 1908. At that time, it held 6,000 volumes. The Library is now on Civic Way and is normally open six days per week. The Library features a Local Studies and Family History section to help you with your searches.

You can connect with the Library via the Library Technology site.

You may want to check with the Magic Attic archives site, as well.



  • The parish was in the Greasley sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2011
1861 R.G. 9 / 1962
1891 R.G. 12 / 2198 & 2199
1901 R.G. 13 / 2139


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Emmanuel.
  • The church was built in 1847-48 on Church Street.
  • Records indicate that the church was consecrated in 1846.
  • The church seats 410.
  • The church is a Grade II structure with British Heritage.
  • There is a photograph of Emmanuel Church at Derbyshire Churches website.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1848. For earlier records, see Church Gresley.
  • We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • A number of Swadlincote burials can be found in the Church Gresley Burial records.
  • A good site for local church records is Brett PAYNE's South Derbyshire website.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.
  • The Baptists have a chapel on Hill Street built in 1867. A second Baptist chapel was built In Wilmot Road in 1899.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Baptist Chapel at Hill Street on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a small chapel here in 1816 on West Street. This was replaced in 1863 with a larger chapel.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the Wesleyan Chapel at High Street on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
  • We have a partial extract of Wesleyan Methodist baptisms in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in Woodville in 1889.
  • The Catholic church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul began construction in June, 1956.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"SWADLINCOTE is a hamlet, in the parish of Church Gresley, about half a mile therefrom, and partakes with that place in the prosperity derived from the pottery works and mining operations, which, together, afford employment to many hands. A new rail-road has been laid down, from the colliery of C. Granville, Esq., to join the Ashby-de-la-Zouch canal, at Moira; and a bill has been laid before parliament, for its sanction to a new road from hence, to communicate with the bridge now erecting at Walton-upon-Trent, which, when effected, will materially shorten the distance between this improving manufacturing district and those in Staffordshire. The Wesleyan methodists have a chapel here. The population of the hamlet, in 1831, was 645."

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

In 1891, the parish covered only 642 acres. This expanded to 680 acres in 1934 and to 3,755 acres by 1961. Swadlincote is near the junction of the A514 and the A511.

You may wish to read more at the Parish website.

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign at Derby Road on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2008.

Passenger rail service ceased in 1964.

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Ask for a calculation of the distance from Swadlincote to another place.

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Historical Geography

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



  • The railway came in 1845, but ceased passenger operations in 1964.
  • The Town Hall, erected in 1861, will hold 600 peeople.
  • This parish was well known for its manufacture of "sanitary earthenware".
  • The village was supplied with gas in 1898.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of The Bear at High Street on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Military History

  • In 1912, H Company of the 5th Battalion Sherwood Foresters had its headquarters at the Drill Hall. Captain T. C. Newbold, commanding; Sergt. S. YEOMANS, drill instructor.
  • The War Memorial is a set of posts and gates into Eureka Park. In early 2014, The South Derbyshire Council had those gates taken down for repair and refurbishment. I do not know if they have been restored to their location. The gates were originally completed and installed in 1926 and dedicated in 1933.
  • The parish is still active in supporting No. 1211 (Swadlincote Squadron) of the Air Training Corps at Eureka Park.

Names, Geographical

You will find that locals refer to the place as "Swad".


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Church Gresley parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern section of the county. This Hundred may also have been known as the Swadlincote Hunred.
  • In April, 1934, this Civil Parish gained 35 acres from Hartshorne Civil Parish and 3 acres from Woodville Civil Parish.
  • Wikipedia tells us that Swadlincote is a "town and unparished area in South Derbyshire".
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty session hearings in the Market Hall every other Tuesday at 11am.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.