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Pentrich, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Pentrich, a township and a parish in Derbyshire. The township lies adjacent to Ryknield Street, the Cromford Canal, the river Derwent, and 1 mile from Butterley station on the M.R., 2½ miles SSW of Alfreton, and 5 from Belper, and once had a weekly market. It has a post and money order office under Derby; telegraph office, Swanwick and Butterley. Area of township, 1256; population, 303; of the ecclesiastical parish, 594. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The parish contains also the township of Ripley. The manor belongs to the Duke of Devonshire, who is chief landowner. There is a large colliery in the parish. A tunnel of the Cromford Canal is here 8898 feet long. A Roman settlement was at Coneygrey. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £152 with residence. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church is ancient but good, stands on a rising ground, consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower, and contains a Norman font and several ancient monuments. It was restored in 1859, and the chancel was refloored in 1875. The vicarage of Ripley is a separate benefice. 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 parishPentrich 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 Pentrich 1640-1837, 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 Pentrich 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 Pentrich 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:

Protestation Returns

The Phillimore transcript of the Protestation Oath Roll entered in Pentrich Registers, Derbyshire, is available to browse online.

DistrictAmber Valley
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE5
Post TownRipley