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Horsley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Horsley, a township and a parish in Derbyshire. The township lies adjacent to the Derby, Little Eaton, and Ripley railway, 1 mile from Cockbench station on the M.R., and 2½ miles SE of Belper. It has a post office under Derby; money order and telegraph office, Kilbum. Acreage of township, 1296; population, 368; of the civil parish, 2729; of the ecclesiastical, 1810. The parish contains also the townships of Horsley Woodhouse and Kilbourne. The manor belongs to the Sitwell family, who are the chief landowners. Horston Castle was bnilt here in the early part of the 13th century by Ralph de Burun, but has been destroyed. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £234. The church stands on an eminence, is Early English, consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and lofty spire, and was restored in 1858-60. There is a Wesleyan 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 
Ecclesiastical parishHorsley St. Clement 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionBelper 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Horsley 1558-1812, 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 Horsley 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 Horsley 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:

DistrictAmber Valley
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE21
Post TownDerby