From John Marius WILSON's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72:

TOTLEY, a township in Dronfield parish, Derby; 3¼ miles WNW of Dronfield. Pop., 396. Houses, 82. There is a Wesleyan chapel.


Archives & Libraries

The Library at Dronfield is an excellent resource normally open six days per week.



  • The parish was in the Dore sub-district of the Ecclesal Berlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1871 R.G. 10 / 4666
1891 R.G. 12 / 3800

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was built in 1924 on Totley Hill Lane to honour the son of William A. MILNER. Milner's son died in World War I.
  • The church has its own website maintained by Chris BOOTH. Alas, the website contains very little historical information.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1924 and is still at the church (and not archived).
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Dronfield.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Dore sub-district of the Ecclesall Berlow Registration District.

Description & Travel

"TOTLEY is another hamlet, in the parish of Dronfield, about three miles north-west from that town, containing 351 inhabitants."

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

This township and parish is 6 miles south-west of Sheffield and covers 1,811 acres, including the hamlet of The Bents just north-west of the village. The landscape in the old directories is described as "moory".

You can see pictures of Totley which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • In the 1800s, Totley was primarily an agricultural parish, but bricks, scythes and saw handles were also made here.
  • In 1979, the Totley SPITFIRE Pub. was built, Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Public House on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2012.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The Cricket Inn on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2021.


Neil THEASBY has a photograph of Totley Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015. The Hall was apparently built in 1623, as this date is carved over the Tudor arched doorway.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK294796 (Lat/Lon: 53.312888, -1.560939), Totley which are provided by:


Military History

  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.
  • Chris MORGAN also has a photograph of the Totley War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2020.
  • There is also a Roll of Honour at the Cherry Tree Orphanage for World War One, listing 15 names, 3 of whom did NOT return.

Military Records

  • In St. Peter's Church at Edensor, DBY, is a memorial to Alexander BARKER (who died at Totley) and his family. Alexander's son, George Alexander BARKER was a lieutenant on HMS Swifshire at the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • On the north wall of the church nave in Christ Church, Dore, is a memorial to 2nd Lieut. Donald.K HALL, age 20, Royal Artillery, died 9 Oct 1917, Paschendaele.
  • The Imperial War Museum provides these names as being on the War Memorial (both World Wars, each individual deceased):
  1. Atkin, Stephen
  2. Bishop, Colin Hedley
  3. Davidson, Malcolm
  4. Fisher, Tom Brown
  5. Foulston, William
  6. Garnett, J. D.
  7. Glossop, Victor
  8. Green, James William
  9. Hill, Herbert Allan
  10. Hopperton, Sidney
  11. Jacques, Ernest
  12. Johnson, Fred
  13. Martin, Robert Hugh
  14. Milner, Roy Denzil Pashley
  15. Parker, James
  16. Pinder, Albert
  17. Seals, Kenneth
  18. Sharp, S. P.
  19. Turner, Bernard
  20. Turner, Charles
  21. Webster, Kenneth
  22. Webster, Vincent
  23. Wilkin, Edna Mary

Names, Geographical

  • In the 1086 Domesday Book, this place is listed as Totinglei.
  • The spelling of the name has changed over time. In 1629 it was "Totles".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Dronfield parish in Derbyshire and became a modern Civil Parish in Decmber, 1866.
  • This place was a part of the Hundred of Scarsdale.
  • In 1934, this parish was abolished and 751 acres were amalgamated into the Holmsfield Civil Parish, The remaining 1,100 acres became part of the Hallam Ward of the city of Sheffield and became part of the West Riding of Yorkshire. Derbyshire misses all of you!

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Eckington petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish was in the Ecclesall Bierlow Poorlaw Union.

Probate Records

  • Wills of Dore and Totley 1539 - 1747 is a book of 58 pages edited by David HEY, and published by the Dore Village Society in 1990. The Wills (including inventories) were transcribed by the Local History class, and the book contains 10 full transcriptions plus a list of all the other wills and inventories which were transcribed.


The Totley History Group is active and their website has a wealth of material on the village.