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Little Chester, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Chester, Little, a hamlet and a township in the parish of St Paul, Derbyshire, and within the parliamentary and municipal borough of Derby, on the river Derwent and the Leeds railway, half a mile N of Derby, which is the post town; money order office, Nottingham Road, Derby. Acreage, 448; population, 966. St Paul's Church, erected in 1850, is a cruciform structure in the Decorated style. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net yearly value, £350 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop and the Crown alternately. The Roman station Derventio was here; Roman roads went hence to Chesterton and Manchester, and many Roman coins and other relics have been found.

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 unionDerby 

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

Church Records, 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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Little Chester 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 Little Chester 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 districtDE1
Post TownDerby