"Stapleford is a large pleasant village and parish situated on the Erewash, near the Derby Road, six miles south by west of Nottingham. The parish contains 1,059 acres of land, and its population has increased since the year 1801, from 748 to 1,968 souls. The principal owners are John Jackson Esq., Hon. William Vernon, a minor, second son of Lord Vernon, J.S. Sherwin Esq., and T.D. Hall Esq.; the former of whom is lord of the manor, and patron of the perpetual curacy. The Rev. W.R. Almond M.A. is the incumbent.
The church is a neat edifice, dedicated to St Helen, with a small tower, a spire and three bells, and was repaired in 1785 and 1819. It contains some ancient monuments worthy of inspection, also several of a modern date, one of which is to the memory of George John Borlase Warren, eldest son of Admiral Sir J.B. Warren. He lost his life in the battle of Aboukir, in Egypt, March 8th 1801, aged 19. A handsome tomb was erected to the memory of Capt. Wm. Sleigh in 1842. In 1836 a large National School was built and endowed by Lady Caroline Warren at a cost of £3,000. It is situated on a commanding eminence near the east end of the village, and is a handsome structure in the Elizabethan style, 100 feet long and 25 wide. A portion of the building is occupied as an infant school. The Artisans' Library, established in 1837, has about 514 volumes. The Wesleyan, Kilhamite, Primitive Methodists and Particular Baptists, have each a chapel in the village. The feast is on the Sunday before Old St Luke's, or on that day when it falls on a Sunday. The Midland Railway Company's branch of the Erewash Valley Line runs past the village, and has a station here."
[White's "Directory of Nottinghamshire," 1853]


Warning:; There are at least four other Staplefords in England, and even one in Australia. Make sure that you are researching in the correct one.


Archives & Libraries

Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the new Stapleford Library, built in the 1980s, on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018.

The Library is generally open 5 days per week and includes a Local History section to assist you with your search.



  • The Stapleford Cemetery, set aside in 1878 and opened in 1881, is on the Nottingham road (Now Cemetery Road) and covers about 4 acres. It was managed by a Parish Council Burial Board.
  • The Cemetery Chapel was gifted to the people of Stapleford in 1880 by Mr. Joseph FEARFIELD. The Cemetery Bell was cast in 1885 and has recently been refurbished and put aback into use.
  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph taken inside the Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2015.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the churchyard gates on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018.


  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 861
1851 H.O. 107 / 2141
1861 R.G. 9 / 2477
1871 R.G. 10 / 3540
1891 R.G. 12 / 2712
1901 R.G. 13 / 3211

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Helen.
  • The church was consecrated around 1220.
  • It is believed that an older, smaller church existed on the same spot during the time of Edward the Confessor.
  • The church spire has twice been shattered by lightning.
  • The church was repaired and modernised in 1785 and 1819.
  • In 1878 extensive repairs and alterations were performed.
  • The church is Grade II listed with British Heritage.
  • The church seats 400.
  • Jeff TOMLINSON has a photograph of the Anglo Saxon Cross in the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.
  • David KELLY has a photograph of St. Helen's Church on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1655 and is in very good condition.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Bulwell.
  • The Wesleyan Methodists had a chapel here in 1782. Ian S. has a photograph of the former Wesleyan Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.
  • The Particular Baptists also had a chapel here built in 1875 replacing an earlier chapel.
  • The Roman Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist was built in 1951. Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of the RC Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2018.



Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

Stapleford is a parish, a village and the head of a civil sub-district. The parish is in the southern division of Nottinghamshire. It lies 127 miles north of London, and 6 miles south-west of the centre of Nottingham city. The parish covered 1,253 acres.

The village stands near the Erewash River. If you are planning a visit:

  • By automobile, from Tuxford (which is on the A1), take the B1164 south to Weston.
  • Christine JOHNSTONE has a photograph of the Footbridge from Sandiacre to Stapleford on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010. The approach to this bridge can be very muddy.
You can see pictures of Stapleford which are provided by:







The future Admiral John Borlase WARREN was born here in September 1753. In 1771 he entered the navy as an able seaman. He became an admiral in 1810. He died on 27 February 1822.


Historical Geography

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



  • Stapleford was a Roman settlement.
  • Coal and Ironstone were mined in this parish.
  • The village was known for its lacework in the 1800s.
  • The village feast was held on the Sunday before Old Saint Luke's day (18 October).
  • The Jaguar pub in Hickings Lane in Stapleford closed in 2014.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of The Magpie Inn on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2007. This is a relatively new establishment..


  • Stapleford Hall was built by Admiral Sir John Borlase WARREN in 1797,


  • See our Maps page for additional resources.

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK489374 (Lat/Lon: 52.931784, -1.273958), Stapleford which are provided by:


Military History

  • There is a monument in the church to the only son of Admiral Sir John Borlase WARREN, baronet, who was killed at the Battle of Aboukir, 1 Aug. 1798. This battle is also known as Horatio Nelson's Battle of the Nile.
  • The War Memorial for the First World War is in the Memorial Chapel. It carries 188 names..
  • The Rose Garden in Walter Parker VC Memorial Square on the Derby Road is the War Memorial for the parish.

Military Records

Ian S. has a photograph of the Memorial Plaque to Lance Corporal Walter Richard PARKER who won the VC for bravery in World War One. The photograph was taken in July, 2016.

The names on St. Helen's War Memorial plaque. dedicated in 1924, can be found at the Nottinghamshire War Memorial site.

The Great War Bulletin for December 6th, 1915, reveals that 21-year-old Lieutenant George CAMPBELL had left England to join his unit overseas: He was in the armoured motor car section of the Royal Marine Artillery, which was in charge of the quick-firing guns.


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Nottinghamshire and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the south division of the Broxtowe Hundred or Wapentake.
  • In April, 1935, this parish was abolished to set up the new parish of Beeston and Stapleford.
  • You may contact the Stapleford Town Council regarding civic or political matters, but they CANNOT help you with family history lookups.
  • District governance is provided by the Broxtowe Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • The Common Land was enclosed in 1795.
  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Nottingham petty session hearings.
  • After the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became part of the Shardlow Poor Law Union. Shardlow is in Derbyshire.


 Year Inhabitants
1801 748
1851 1,968
1861 1,729
1871 1,967
1881 3,196
1891 4,255
1901 5,766
1911 7,789
1921 8,513
1931 8,838


  • In 1836 a large National School was built here, near the east end of the village on Nottingham Road. It was endowed by Lady Caroline WARREN.
  • The Board School was built of red brick and opened in November, 1880. It could hold 300 students.
  • ALAN MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the former National School on Church Street on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2018.