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

"YEAVELEY, a township and a chapelry in Shirley parish, Derby. The township lies 4 miles S by E of Ashborne r. station. Acres, 1,015. Real property, £1,773. Pop., 263. Houses, 57. Much of the property belongs to J. Harrison, Esq.—The chapelry includes Stydd township, and comprises 1,328 acres. Post town, Ashborne. Pop., 295. Houses, 62. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £90. Patron, the Vicar of Shirley. The church was built in 1840. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and some charities."

Archives & Libraries

Yeaveley is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops by the Council offices on Thursday mornings.



  • Just 1/2 mile south of the village on Leapley Lane is a relatively new cemetery, apparently opened around 1960.
  • John POYSER has a photograph of Yeaveley Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.


  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851 H. O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751

Church History

  • There was an ancient Hermitage (or Preceptory) here run by the Knights of St. John.
  • Yeaveley was originally a Chapelry to Shirley parish church. That chapel was reported as "decayed" in 1650.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The church was built in 1840 on the site of an older, ruinous chapel. At the same time, Yeaveley was created as a separate ecclesiastical parish.
  • The church was consecrated on 15 April 1841.
  • The church seated about 154 person in 1857.
  • The church is a Grade II listed building with British Heritage.
  • Michael PATTERSON has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2007.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1841. Entries prior to that date can be found in Shirley's parish register. Burials prior to 1841 appear to have been done at Shirley.
  • We have a partial extract of Parish Register burials in a pop-up window text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The church is in the deanery of Ashbourne.
  • The Independents built a chapel here in 1815 which they shared with the Primitive Methodists.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • Civil Registration records prior to 1860 should be found under Shirley parish.

Description & Travel

"YEAVELEY, a chapelry [of Shirley], 4 miles S. from Ashbourn. The church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is a neat brick structure, with a tower and one bell. The living is a perpetual curacy; the vicar of Shirley, patron, and Rev. Henry S. Pearson, B.A., incumbent. A national school was erected in 1840; and the Independents have a chapel, in which they have service on a portion of the Sunday, and the Primitive Methodists occupy it on the other portion."

[Description from Harrison, Harrop & Co.'s Directory & Gazetteer of Derbyshire, 1860]

Hales Green is a small village 1 mile north-west of Yeaveley, Stydd, formerly STEDDE, is a former Township 1 mile south-west of the village.

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Historical Geography

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



Eamon CURRY has a photograph of The Yeaveley Arms in the center of the village on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010. This pub was closed and signed "For Sale" in August, 2014.



Stydd Hall is a country house near the village of Yeaveley. Stydd had formerly been an independent township but has all but disappeared. It was originally a medieval fortified preceptory of the Knights Hospitaller, founded in 1190.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK186403 (Lat/Lon: 52.959751, -1.724557), Yeaveley which are provided by:


Military History

  • The east window of the church is a war memorial to men who served in World War One.

Military Records

  • In the church is a tablet mounted on the north wall to commemorate Private Allen BRASSINGTON who fell one month before the Armistice of WWI.
  • There is no entry in the Commonwealth War Grave Commission database for Allen BRASSINGTON.

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township and Chapelry in Shirley parish in Derbyshire.
  • This place appears to have become a separate Civil Parish some time in the 1860s, but the precise date awaits further research.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • The parish has a joint Parish Council with Rodsley. Be aware: They cannot do family history work for you.
  • Today the parish is in the Derbyshire Dales district.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Appletree petty session hearings.
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1840.


A National School (mixed) was erected about 1845 for 50 children.