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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Horsley St. Clement|
|Hundred||Morleston and Litchurch|
|Poor Law union||Belper|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Horsley 1558-1812, Derbyshire is available to browse online.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Horsley (St. Clement))
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: