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  • The parish was in the Melbourne sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 192
1861 R.G. 9 / 2489
1891 R.G. 12 / 2720


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James.

  • It appears that the church was originally built in the 12th century.

  • The church was restored and rebuilt in 1876.

  • Peter SHONE has a photograph of St. James Church on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2005.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1604.

  • The early years of the registers above are virtually unreadable and the Bishop's Transcripts should be consulted.

  • Marriages at Swarkeston, 1604-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • We have a pop-up window of partially extracted Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed as the list is not complete.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Melbourne.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Melbourne sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"SWARKESTON, as before-mentioned [Ed: with Stanton-by-Bridge], is an adjoining parish to Stanton, in the same hundred as Melbourn, about three miles from that village. Swarkeston bridge is supposed to be the longest in Europe, extending nearly a mile over the meadows and low grounds to Stanton; it was originally very narrow, but has been widened so as to allow carriages to pass each other. The Trent and Mersey canal runs through the parish, and is here joined by the Derby canal. The church is dedicated to St. James: the living is a rectory, in the same patronage as Stanton. Population, by the returns for 1831, 308."

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

The parish covers about 850 acres and lies on the north bank of the Trent River some 5 miles south-by-east from Derby city. Its famous bridge, once the longest in Europe, was originally built in the 13th century. The bridge is Grade I listed with British Heritage.

Andy JAMIESON has a photograph of Swarkstone Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in August 2005.

Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph from a different angel of Swarkstone Bridge on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.

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Historical Geography

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


Military History

  • John M. has a photograph of the Bonnie Prince Charlie Memorial just west of Swarkestone on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2010. This parish marks the southern extent of the Prince's sortie into England in 1745.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This parish was in the ancient Repton aud Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake) in the southern division of the county.

  • The citizens of Swarkestone do not have a formal parish council, but they hold periodic Parish Meetings for all the citizens to discuss civic and political issues.

  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.

  • We have a pop-up window of 1820 Paupers receiving parish relief in a text file for your review.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act reforms, this parish was in the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.