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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Pentrich St. Matthew|
|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 Pentrich 1640-1837, 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 Pentrich from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Pentrich (St. Matthew))
- Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1899
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:
- 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:
The Phillimore transcript of the Protestation Oath Roll entered in Pentrich Registers, Derbyshire, is available to browse online.