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Morley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Morley, a township and a parish in Derbyshire. The township lies 2¼ miles E of Little Eaton railway station, and 4½ NE of Derby, and has a post office under Derby; money order and telegraph office, Smalley. Acreage, 1853; population, 298. The parish contains also the township of Smalley, and comprises 3571 acres; population, 1222. Stainsby House, Broomfield, the Hall, and Smalley Hall are chief residences. Traces exist of a Roman road called Ryknield Street. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Soutlrwell; gross value, £500 with residence. The church is partly in the Decorated English style, was completely restored in 1850 y comprises nave, aisles, chancel (which was reseated in 1884), and pinnacled tower; and contains some brasses and old monuments of the Stathums and the Sacheverells, and several stained windows. The township of Smalley was formed into a separate ecclesiastical parish in 1877. There are a Wesleyan chapel and six endowed almshouses.

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 parishMorley St. Matthew 
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 Morley 1540-1837, 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 Morley 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 Morley 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:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE7
Post TownIlkeston