West Hallam


WEST HALLAM, a parish in the hundred of Morleston, county Derby, 7 miles N.E. of Derby. The surface is undulating, and the lower lands are watered by a rivulet which partly feeds the Nutbrook canal. The soil is chiefly a strong clay, alternating with marl. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £250. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the collieries, which are extensively worked, the produce being conveyed by a branch of the Erewash canal, which unites with the Grand Junction canal.

There are also extensive ironworks in the parish, worked by Messrs. Whitehouse and Co. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield, net value £300. The church is dedicated to St. Wilfrid. There is a free school, founded in 1662 by the Rev. John Scargill, the annual income of which is about £200. The charities, exclusive of the school endowment, produce about £130. There is a mineral spring similar to that of Harrogate.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

West Hallam village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which makes three stops every fourth Thursday afternoon.



Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of St. Wilfrid's churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2017.



  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District..
  • We have a pop-up window of the 1543 Census in a text file for your use. Most census returns prior to 1840 just list the head of household.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2141
1861 R.G. 9 / 2493
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wilfrid (spelling variations abound).
  • The church was originally constructed in 1275.
  • The church was restored in 1855.
  • The church seats 260.
  • Richard CROFT has a photograph of St. Wilfred's Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2011.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538, but early years are in bad condition.
  • We have a pop-up window of (partially) extracted Parish Register baptisms in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • And we have a pop-up window of a handful of extracted Parish Register marriages for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • Marriages at West Hallam, 1638-1812 are available in Nigel Batty-Smith's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of burials found in the parish register. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The church is in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description & Travel

"WEST HALLAM is a small parish (having no dependent township) in the same hundred as Ilkeston, two miles S.W. from that town. It contains the parish church, which is dedicated to St. Wilfrid, and a free school, originally endowed by the Rev. John Scargill, in 1662. The living of Hallam is a discharged rectory, in the patronage (some years since) of Francis Newdigate, Esq. The parish contained, in 1831, 710 inhabitants."

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

The Nutbrook branch of the Erewash canal passes down the east side of the parish. The parish is about 133 miles north of London, 9 miles west of Nottingham and covers 1,360 acres. David LALLY has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2013. One should stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

You can see pictures of West Hallam which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



  • The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book.
  • Peter BARR has a photograph of the White Hart pub. on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012. The pub is over 100 years old.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK430415 (Lat/Lon: 52.969141, -1.361184), West Hallam which are provided by:


Military History

  • The War Memorial, erected in 1920 outside the churchyard gate, is a Grade II structure with British Heritage.
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2002.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the War Memorials on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2017.
  • Tim ROWE captures a winter scene of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2009.
  • During World War II there was an Army Ordinance Depot off of Cat and Fiddle Lane to the south of the village.


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 16 Feb 1804 DIED: "Lately at West Hallam, in this county, in the 62nd year of his age, the Rev. Thomas CLARKE, rector of that place, and vicar of Normanton, in Nottinghamshire. ."


Politics & Government

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Smalley (Ilkeston Court) petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


The Reverend John SCARGILL's Free Grammar School for boys was opened in 1664. The school was rebuilt in 1832.

In 1852 the trustees opened a similar Grammar School for girls and a school for infants opened in the parish.

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Girls' Grammar School on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2017. This building is now the Village Hall.