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Boulton, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Boulton, a township which, united with that of Alvaston, was constituted in 1884 a civil parish in Derbyshire, on the Derby Canal, 3 miles SE of Derby, which is the post town and nearest railway station. Area of the civil parish, 2154 acres; population, 3116; of the ecclesiastical parish of Boulton, 972. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £171 with residence. The church is partly Norman, and was restored in 1871 and in 1887. The Primitive Methodist New Connexion have a chapel.

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 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionShardlow 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Boulton 1756-1812, Derbyshire is available to browse online.

The register for both Alvaston and Boulton includes baptisms and burials 1614-1809, and marriages 1614-1812., 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.


Church of England

Blessed Virgin Mary (parish church)

The church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, formerly a chantry chapel, is a small building of local stone, originally Norman, with later additions in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a western turret containing 2 bells: various portions of the old Norman church still remain, the south doorway being of this date; the porch is Decorated work of the 14th century: the pulpit is constructed from slabs of alabaster taken up from the floor of the chancel in 1871, and is inlaid with marble: some very curious old encaustic tiles, found during the restoration in 1840, now form part of the pavement around it: there is a plain circular font, supposed to be original: an ancient stoup is preserved in the porch: the church was restored in 1840 and the nave extended 12 feet, at a cost of £480, and again restored in 1871 at a cost of £1,100; in 1887 an organ chamber was added at a cost of £150, and a new arch was built in the nave at a cost of £50: the organ, provided in 1893, cost £220: in 1907 a new vestry was erected and the church enlarged at a cost of £1,200: there are 340 sittings.


Baptist Chapel


Wesleyan Chapel

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Boulton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Boulton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

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

CountyCity of Derby
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE24
Post TownDerby