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Measham, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Measham, a village, a township, and a parish in Derbyshire. The village stands on the Ashby-de-la-Zouch Canal, near the river Mease and the boundary with Leicestershire, 3½ miles SW by S of Ashby-de-la-Zouch, has a station on the Ashby and Nuneaton Joint railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Atherstone. The township comprises 1749 acres; population, 1653. The parish council, under the Local Government Act, 1894, consists of seven members. Measham Hall is a chief residence. The manufacture of smallware, and brickfields and adjacent collieries, employ most of the inhabitants. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £87 with residence. Patron, Lord Donington, who is lord of the manor. The church is good, and was restored in 1843, and there are Baptist, Wesleyan, and Roman Catholic chapels and a temperance hall.

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 parishMeasham St. Lawrence 
HundredRepton and Gresley 
Poor Law unionAshby-de-la-Zouch 

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.

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 Measham from the following:


We have transcribed the pedigree of the Abney family of Measham Hall from Burke's Landed Gentry, 1906.

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.

There is a fascinating article on the history of Measham Hall, on the Lost Houses of Derbyshire site.


Online maps of Measham 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:

DistrictNorth West Leicestershire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE12
Post TownSwadlincote