TICKNALL, a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 9 miles S. of Derby, its post town, and 4 N. of Church Gresley railway station. The village is situated on the road from Derby to Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Lime burning is carried on, and there are tramways for conveying the lime to various parts of the country. Market gardening, malting, and brewing are also carried on. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £250.

The church, dedicated to St. Thomas-a-Becket, was rebuilt in 1842 at an outlay of £4,000, contributed chiefly by Sir G. Crewe, Bart. There are several charities, among which may be mentioned Charles Harpur's hospital, founded in 1771, for seven decayed housekeepers. There are an endowed school, founded in 1774 by Catharine Harpur, and rebuilt in 1825 by Sir G. Crewe, and a school for girls supported by Lady Crewe. The Wesleyans and Baptists have chapels. Sir J. H. Crewe, Bart., of Calks Abbey, is lord of the manor.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868



Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the cemetery near St. George's Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.



  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 192
1851 H.O. 107 / 2084
1861 R.G. 9 / 2268
1871 R.G. 10 / 3245
1891 R.G. 12 / 2509

Church History

  • There was an older Anglican parish church here, dedicated to Saint Thomas-a-Becket.
  • The present Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint George.
  • The present church building was erected in 1842-43.
  • The church seats 667.
  • The church is a grade II building with British Heritage.
  • Trevor RICKARD has a photograph of St. George Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.
  • Geoff PICK also has a photograph of St. George Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.

Church Records

  • Marriages at Tickenhall (Ticknall), 1626-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Michaeil SPENCER has created a list of extracted Parish Register burials for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • We also have a partial Parish Register Extract in a text file. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The Family History Library has "Marriages at Ticknall, 1628 - 1812" on microfilm.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Melbourne.
  • Phil MYOTT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2006.
  • The Derby Records Office holds the registers of Methodist baptisms 1808,1817 - 1837.
  • There must have been a General Baptist Chapel here, too. The Derby Records Office holds the registers of Baptist marriages 1927-1979 and births 1809-1836.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Hartshorn sub-district of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Registration District.

Correctional Institutions

Colin PARK has a photograph of the Ticknall Lock-up on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017. The Lock-up would be used for temporarily holding prisoners until the Magistrates could meet, or to allow the town drunk to sober up. There are usually no records of people held in local lock-ups, but the newspapers often have write ups covering well-known people who got arrested.

Jon SUTTON also has a photograph of the Lock-up (and bus stop) on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2017.


Description & Travel

"TICKNALL is a parish and village, in the same hundred as Repton, the village being about 4 miles S.E. from Repton, and about 5½ N.N.W. from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Within the parish are very extensive lime-works, wrought to great advantage, together with kilns for burning their produce. The lime is conveyed by rail-road to the Ashby canal, and from thence distributed to more remote parts of the country."

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

Ticknall village is 9 miles south of Derby and 8 miles east of Burton-on-Trent.

David GRIMSHAW has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2005.

Details on the Village Hall let you know that it can handle your family re-union. Visitors should drop in and ask for a copy of the schedule of forth-coming events.

Scaddows Wood  is a new planting of trees as part of the National Forest, just north of the village.

You can see pictures of Ticknall which are provided by:






Historical Geography

  • Ticknall was an estate village belonging to Calke Abbey until the late 20th century, though it appears now (2010) the boot is on the other foot! Derbyshire Record Office's catalog of Church of England Registers says that in recent years, the church of St Giles, at Calke, has become in effect a private chapel in Calke Park, and the remainder of the parish has become absorbed by Ticknall.

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



  • Ticknall was an important strategic crossroads and was a wealthy Saxon settlement After the Norman Conquest, Tickhill grew and prospered.
  • In 1857 the parish had three Inns: Chequers, the Royal Oak and the Wheel Inn. The Chequers and Wheel Inn were still operating at last report.
  • Stweart MARSH has a photograph of the former Royal Oak Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2018.
  • You may want to read more about Ticknall at the Ticknall Life website.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK351238 (Lat/Lon: 52.81061, -1.480712), Ticknall which are provided by:


Military History

Ticknall honours local hero, Sgt. John SMITH, of the Bengal Sappers and Miners for his Victoria Cross. John SMITH was born in Ticknall, DBY, in February 1814 and enlisted in the private army of the East India Company in London in 1837. Sent to Delhi in 1839, he was promoted to Sergeant in 1840. He died on 26 June 1864 in India.

Ticknall also has a War Memorial plaque in the Village Hall on Ingleby Lane. 19 men from Ticknall were lost in World War One. 3 people who died from World War Two are buried in Ticknall Cemetery according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Military Records

The Imperial War Museum has a list of names from the local War Memorial plaque.


Names, Geographical

The village appears in the 1086 Domesday Book as Tichenhalle.



Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this clipping from the Derby Mercury of 28 June 1804 MARRIED: "On Monday se'nnight, Mr. John RATCLIFF, of Stanton, Member of the Derbyshire Yeomanry Cavalry, to Miss HUTCHINSON, daughter of Mr. Gilbert HUTCHINSON, of Ticknall, in this county."



"Ticknall Life" is an online community magazine with articles on local walks, history and scheduled lectures.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Greasley Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Ticknall Town Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Repton petty session hearings.
  • Dame Catherine HARPUR established a charity in 1741 of £100 for the instruction of 6 poor boys and 6 poor girls of Ticknall.
  • Charles HARPUR established a charity in 1770. This charity built a hospital of 7 tenements in Ticknall. The residents received £10 each year in the mid 1800s.
  • Chris BROWN has a photograph of The Harpur Almshouses on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2017.
  • Mike SPENCER provides a list of the "State of some Poor peoples Beding at Ticknall in 1820" in a text file.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Poorlaw Union.


An Endowed School (mixed) was built here around 1844. A separate classroom for infants was added in 1887.



There is a "Ticknall Archaeological Research Group" in the town. They often hold classes on the Pottery works in Ticknall and surrounding parishes.