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Elvaston, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Elvaston, a parish in Derbyshire on the river Derwent, adjacent to the Derby Canal, and the Derby and Leicester railway, near Borrowash station, and 4½ miles SE by E of Derby. The parish comprises the hamlets of Ambaston and Thulston, and the latter has a post office under Derby; money order and telegraph office, Alvaston. Acreage, 2656; population, 519. The manor belonged to the Blunts and the Poles, and passed to the Stanhopes. Elvaston Castle is the seat of the Earl of Harrington, who is lord of the manor and chief landowner. The gardens are very fine, and noticeable for their conifers, yew trees, artificial lake, and rockeries. The gates formerly belonged to the palace at Madrid. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £321. Patron, the Earl of Harrington. The church is ancient, has a pinnacled tower, and contains monuments of the Stanhopes. Charities, £180.

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 parishElvaston St. Bartholomew 
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 Elvaston 1651-1837, 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 Elvaston 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 Elvaston 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:

DistrictSouth Derbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE72
Post TownDerby