Walton on Trent


WALTON-UPON-TRENT, a parish in the hundred of Repton, county Derby, 4½ miles S.W. of Burton-upon-Trent, its post town, and 10 from Tamworth. It is a station on the Birmingham line of railway. The village is situated on the eastern bank of the river Trent, which here divides the county of Derby from that of Stafford. The Grand Trunk canal and the Birmingham and Derby railway pass near this village.

In 1833 an Act was obtained for building a bridge over the Trent at Barton-under-Needwood. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield, value £828. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was thoroughly restored in 1827. The interior contains the brass of a priest. The parochial charities produce about £30 per annum, of which £21 go towards a school. Walton Hall is the principal residence. The Marquis Townshend is lord of the manor.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

Walton on Trent village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops here every fourth Wednesday in the late morning.



"Bikeboy" has a photograph of St. Laurence's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2015.



  • The parish was in the Gresley sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.
  • The 1841 census returns appear to be missing.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1963
1891 R.G. 12 / 2199

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church was dedicated to Saint John the Baptist.
  • The church was built in the early Norman period and was rebuilt in the 13th century.
  • In the reign of Edward III, the church dedication was changed to St. Laurence.
  • The church was restored in 1862.
  • The church seats 300.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Laurence Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.
  • Colin PARK also has a photograph of St. Laurence Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1587, but is not legible before 1592.
  • We have a pop-up window of a partial extract of Walton on Trent burials in a text file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Repton.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"WALTON-UPON-TRENT is a parish (having no dependent township), in the hundred of Repton and Gresley, about 4 miles S.W. from Burton. It was here that Edward II. forded the Trent in pursuit of Thomas, Earl of Lancaster, and the disaffected barons. A new bridge is in progress of erection here, which, in connexion with the new road before-mentioned in the account of Swadlincote, will reciprocally benefit the parts adjacent to it."

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

Mat FASCIONE has a photograph of the Village Sign as you enter the village on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2015. Again, another prospect for showing off your artistry and design skills by creating a new, welcoming sign.

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

"WALTON-UPON-TRENT, a parish, with a village, in the district of Burton-upon-Trent and county of Derby; on the river Trent, adjacent to Barton and Walton r. station, and 4¼ miles SW by S of Burton. It has a post-office under Burton-upon-Trent. Acres, 2,309. Real property, £5,962. Pop., 430.":


Sir Edward Cromwell DISBROWE was born at Walton Hall in 1790, the son of Colonel Edward DISBROWE, and his wife Lady Charlotte HOBART. Sir Edward was a member of Parliament and a British Diplomat who served in positions in Switzerland, Russia, Sweden and other postings. He was also the Deputy Lieutenant of the county of Derbyshire.


Historical Geography

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



Mick MALPASS has a photograph of the former Shoulder of Mutton pub. on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2011.

Jonathan CLITHEROE also has a photograph of the Shoulder of Mutton pub. on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2010.



  • Mark WALTON has a photograph of The Old Hall on Geo-graph, taken from a distance in April, 2007.
  • Cris SLOAN has a photograph of Walton Hall and Cris's dog on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
  • Mark WALTON also has a close-up of The Hall on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK216182 (Lat/Lon: 52.760977, -1.681356), Walton on Trent which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1912, the Hall in this parish was the residence of Major Henry Edward Disbrowe WISE, 3rd Sherwood Foresters. The Major had married his wife Katharine Mary Levett PRINCEP in Croxall, Derbyshire, in June, 1896.
  • John M. has a photograph of a Type FW3/24 Pill Box along the River Trent on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.
  • John M. has another view of the same Type FW3/24 Pill Box along the River Trent on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2014.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar provides this notice from the Derby Mercury of 4 July 1804: "BIRTH: On Thursday last, at Walton, in this county, the Lady of Edward Miller MUNDY, jun. Esq. of a daughter."


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 Walton on Trent Parish Council regarding civic or political matters. They are NOT staffed to help you 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 Swadlincote petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.