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Duffield, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Duffield, a village, a township, and a parish in Derbyshire. The village stands on the river Derwent, adjacent to the North Midland railway, 4½ miles N of Derby; was known at Domesday as Dunelle; and has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Derby. The township includes the village, and extends into the country. Acreage, 3421; population of township, 2704; of the ecclesiastical parish, 2099. The parish contains also the townships and hamlets of Hazlewood, Turnditch and Windley, Shottle and Postern, Milford and Makeney, Heage, Holbrook, and Belper. Duffield Park, formerly the seat of the Balguy family, and Duffield Bank, the seat of the Hey-wood family, are chief residences. A castle was built about 1096 by Henry de Ferrars on a spot now called Castle Hill, at the north-west end of the village, and demolished in 1325 by Henry II. From excavations made in 1886 the plan and extent of the castle have been determined, and many interesting relics have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; value, o£161 with residence. The church is good. There are several dissenting chapels, a free school with £86 from endowment, almshouses, and other charities.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishDuffield St. Alkmund 
Poor Law unionBelper 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Duffield 1598-1766, Derbyshire is available to browse online.

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Duffield 1766-1812, Derbyshire is available to browse online., 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.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Duffield 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 Duffield 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: