As described in 1871: "KIMBERLEY, a hamlet and a chapelry in Greasley parish, Notts. The hamlet lies 2 miles NE of Ilkeston r. station, 2 E of the Erewash river and canal at the boundary with Derby, and 5 NW of Nottingham; and has a post office under Nottingham. The chapelry was constituted in 1848. Pop. in 1861, 2, 821. Houses, 573. The property is subdivided. Framework knitting and coal mining are largely carried on; and there are two breweries and a large corn mill. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, 170. Patron, the Vicar of Greasley. The church was built in 1847, at a cost of 2, 300; and the parsonage was built in 1852, at a cost of upwards of 1.100. There are chapels for Primitive Methodists and New Connexion Methodists, and a British school."
[John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales," 1870-72]

Note: Kimberley is NOT an ancient parish of Nottinghamshire. It was formed as a Civil Parish in 1896 from a chapelry in Greasley parish.



  • A Public Cemetery, set aside in 1881, covers 5.5 acres.
  • The Cemetery had a single mortuary chapel.
  • Lynne KIRTON has a photograph of the Kimberley cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2010.
  • The Cemetery was administered by the Parish Council.


  • The parish was in the Greasly sub-district of the Basford Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 857
1851 H.O. 107 / 2125
1861 R.G. 9 / 2433 & 2434
1871 R.G. 10 / 3477 & 3478
1881 R.G. 11 / 3322
1891 R.G. 12 / 2659 & 2660

Church History

  • On 11 August, 1848, this place was established as a separate ecclesiastical parish from mother Greasley parish.
  • This Anglican parish church was dedicated to the Holy Trinity.
  • The new church was built in 1847 of Bullwell stone in the Early English style.
  • The church seats 550.
  • The churchyard was extended in 1878.
  • There is a photograph of the Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2005.

Church Records

  • This Anglican parish register dates from 1848.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Beeston.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here about 1881.
  • A United Methodist chapel was built in James Street in 1884.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of St Paul's Methodist Church on the corner of High Street and James Street on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2017.
  • Another United Methodist chapel was built in Nottingham Road in 1889.
  • A Baptist chapel was built in 1878.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

This village and parish lie 137 miles north of London, about 6 miles north-west of Nottingham and about 1 mile south of Wastwood. The parish covers 838 acres and includes the village of Babbington, Newthorpe Common and part of Hill Top. On the South side of Kimberley lies Swingate, which has many different walking and cycling routes into the woods and surrounding countryside.

If you are planning a visit to the village:

  • By automobile, take the A610 west out of Nottingham and turn south at the roundabout at the west end of Whatnall. The village should only be about 1/2 mile ahead.
  • By train, there used to be passenger service to Ilkeston station, 2 miles away, but the web page author is unsure if passenger service is still offered.
You can see pictures of Kimberley which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • The town grew as a centre for coal mining, brewing and hosiery manufacturing. An extensive factory for hosiery manufacturing was built here in March, 1880. There were also two large breweries in 1912. There has been no mining or hosiery manufacturing in the town for many years and the local brewery was sold and closed at the end of 2006.
  • The village feast was always held on the third Sunday after the 2nd of October.


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK499447 (Lat/Lon: 52.997308, -1.25796), Kimberley which are provided by:


Military History

  • In 1912, Color-Srgt. Harry GIRLING, drill instructor to F Company of the 8th Territorial Force, lived here in Spring gate.
  • One of the village's most notable structures is the war memorial which is in the form of a rotunda. It was dedicated in 1921.
  • John SUTTON has a photograph of the war memorial on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016. It stands north-west of the Kimberley Cemetery on Main Street at Green's Lane.
  • Inside the domed War Memorial are a number of plaques which are, reportedly, a Roll of Honour of all who served in World War One. An additional plaque lists those who died in World War Two. A list of all these names can be found at the Nottinghamshire County War Memorial website.
  • There is a War Memorial plaque for WWI on the north wall of the parish church nave. You can see this list of names at: Nottinghamshire War Memorials website
  • There is also a War Memorial plaque for WWI on the wall of the Kimberley Parish Hall for the British School boys who fell in the Great War. You can see this list of names at: Nottinghamshire War Memorials website
  • An oddity, perhaps, but there is also a Roll of Honour plaque for all the Hardy Hanson employees who served in WWI. It is in Ilkeston's Three Horseshoes pub on the Derby Road. You can see this list of names of those who died at the: Nottinghamshire War Memorials website
  • One of the village's famous residents was Sergeant Richard BOLITHO, the Rear Gunner on a Lancaster bomber which crashed with the loss of the whole crew during the Dambuster raid in World War II.



Names, Geographical

  • The name Kimberley is referred to as Chinemarelie in the 1086 Domesday Book. [A. D. Mills, "A Dictionary of English Place-Names," Oxford University Press, 1991].

Politics & Government

  • This place was long a chapelry in Greasley parish in the northern division of Nottingham county.
  • On 1 April, 1896, this place was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish.
  • From 1894 to 1974 the parish was part of Basford Rural District Council.
  • Since 1974, Kimberley has been part of the Borough of Broxtowe.
  • This parish was in northern division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
  • You can visit the Kimberley Town Council, but they are not set up to assist with family history questions.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834, this parish became a part of the Basford Poor Law Union, both as a chapelry in Greasley and later as a Civil Parish in its own right.


 Year Inhabitants
1861 2,821
1891 4,798
1901 5,129
1911 5,174
1921 5,158


  • The Church School was built in 1879 to replace older buildings. It could hold 200 children.
  • The British School was built in 1873.