Oliver MILLS has a photograph of Stapenhill Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2016. The cemetery is just southwest of Winshill village.



  • The parish was in the Burton-on-Trent sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1967
1891 R.G. 12 / 2207

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Mark.
  • The church was built in 1869.
  • There is a photograph of the church at the Flickr site.
  • Ray STEWARD has a striking photograph of St. Mark's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2004.

Church Records

  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1845-46.
  • There is a photograph of the Methodist church at the Flickr site.

Civil Registration

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

Correctional Institutions

Jane TAYLOR of Redcar offers this clipping from the Derby Mercury of 12 January 1804: "QUARTER SESSIONS: John FELTHOUSE and John NEWHAM, for stealing horses gearing out of the stables belonging to Mr. Thomas HALLAM, of Winshill."


Description & Travel

"WINSHILL, a township in the parish of Burton-upon-Trent, hundred of Repton and Gresley, county Derby, 1½ mile N.E. of Barton, near the river Trent."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

You can check on current events in Winshill at the village website.

You will know that you are 124 miles from London when you see this Milestone as shown on Geo-graph, taken in 2009 by David ROGERS.

You can see pictures of Winshill which are provided by:





Extracted from George N. WRIGHT's "A New and Comprehensive Gazetteer, 1838":

WINSHILL, tnshp. England, par. Burton-upon-Trent, hund. Repton and Gresley, co. of Derby, Acres, 1,130. Real prop. £2.313. Pop. 342.

Historical Geography

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



  • The village is first recorded by name in 1000 AD.
  • Transcription of section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Burton on Trent (contains information about Winshill) by Barbarann AYARS.
  • Richard LAW has a photograph of the Waterloo Pub on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2014.
  • David ROGERS has a photograph of The Sump Pub on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK273236 (Lat/Lon: 52.809262, -1.596442), Winshill which are provided by:


Military History

The local hero from World War One was William COLTMAN who received the Victoria Cross for gallantry. John BERESFORD has a photograph of the information plaque in the Coltman Peace Wood on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2014.

Vice-Admiral Thomas Erskine WARDLE CB, DSO (1877–1944) a senior officer in the Royal Navy, the Rear-Admiral Commanding His Majesty's Australian Fleet 1924-1926 is from this parish.


Names, Geographical

The name Winshill has its origin in Old English and means Wine's hill.


Politics & Government

Flanked to the north and east by the South Derbyshire border, historically the parish of Winshill had always been part of Derbyshire until it was transferred to Staffordshire in the 1904.

  • This place was a township in the parish of Burton-upon-Trent in Derby county and was incorporated as a seperate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Greasley Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Winshill Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT staffed to help you with family history searches.
  • This parish was abolished in March, 1904, and absorbed into Burton-on-Trent Civil Parish in Staffordshire.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Swadlincote petty seeesion hearings every other Tuesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.

Out of Door Poor from Burton Board of Guardians Year Book 1899.

Place,name, age, residence,cause, relief paid

  1. Winshill, Mary AULT, 37, 21 East St, widow and family, 14/4/-,
  2. Winshill, Frederick GEE, 18, Newton Rd, deaf and dumb, 2/-/-,
  3. Winshill, Sarah SHREEVE, 69, 35 Newton Rd, infirmity, 9/- all or part of relief to be repaid
  4. Winshill, William HARWOOD, 61, 107 Churchill Terrace, illness, 6/10/-

Probate Records

Mentioned in a Will of 1861: #322 Joseph FOWKE of Sutton on the Hill, mentions;

  • Elizabeth MEESOM witness wife of George of Winshill

Mentioned in a Will of 1865: #112 John Sanders FARMER, Brewer's Clerk, of Winshill, mentions;

  • friend Arthur COXON Burton upon Trent, brewer's clerk
  • friend Richard MASSET Burton upon Trent, brewers clerk
  • Mary Ann JONES Burton ?
  • sister Sarah FARMER
  • sister Barbara NORMAN
  • Henry GOODGER Solr Burton upon Trent witness
  • James PEACE Clerk witness

Mentioned in a Will of 1865 (made in 1860) : #126 Anne Elizabeth WILSON of Winshill, widow, mentions;

  • late husband Joseph
  • John Sharpe POTTER Winshill miller
  • bro. Francis POTTER
  • Edward B. JENNINGS Solr, Burton
  • John LOUD 18 Stanley Street, Burton

Mentioned in a Will of 1870: #70 Robert GRACE of Winshill, architect, mentions;

  • grand daughter Elizabeth Ann WOODWARD
  • Robert RATCLIFF Scalpcliffe ? House, p. Stapenhill
  • William John DREWRY Burton upon Trent
  • brother John, Fenton, Staffs, schoolmaster
  • grandson Charles WOODWARD
  • wife Susanna
  • dau. Mary Ann WOODWARD
  • grand daughter Susan WOODWARD
  • grand daughter Maria WOODWARD
  • grand daughter Ann WOODWARD
  • Ellen WOODWARD
  • John NEWBOLD Clerk to J DREWRY Solr Burton on Trent witness
  • Fred S. DREWRY witness.

Mentioned in a Will of 1876 (Will made in 1862): #149 William MEAR of Winshill, late of Stapenhill, yeoman, mentions;

  • brother Joseph of Tatenhill, Stafs
  • wife Sarah
  • son William
  • Jno. A. COPSON Clerk to Messrs BASS and JENNINGS
  • J. M. YATES Solr Burton on Trent
  • J. FIRTH Solr Burton on Trent
  • H. F. BAILEY Slor Burton on Trent


In 1846 a small National school was built by subscription. It was used on Sundays as a chapel of Ease for Holy Trinity Church in Burton-on-Trent.

In 1921 the Board of Education purchased "The Woodlands" property to provide a new campus for Burton Girls High School. This became incorporated into the comprehensive Abbot Beyne School in 1975.