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Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe, two hamlets forming a joint township in Stretton-en-le-Field, Church Gresley, and Measham parishes, Derbyshire, on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, adjacent to Leicestershire, and 3 miles SW of Ashby-de-la-Zouch. There is a station at Donisthorpe on the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Ashby-de-la-Zouch. There is also a post office at Oakthorpe. Acreage, 1805; population, 1678. The manor of Oakthorpe belongs to Lord Donington. The township is included in the ecclesiastical parish of Donisthorpe. There are a church, two Primitive Methodist chapels, and a cemetery (opened in 1875) in Donisthorpe; and Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels in Oakthorpe. See DONISTHORPE.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Civil parishMeasham 
HundredRepton and Gresley 
Poor Law unionAshby 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records, in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: