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Pleasley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Pleasley, a village, a township, and a parish in Derbyshire. The name is often used to include the adjacent village of Pleasley Hill in Notts, on the right bank of the river Meden and in the parish and borough of Mansfield, from which town it is distant 3 miles. The ruins of the old market cross of Pleasley proper still stand in the centre of that village, once a market town. It has stations on the M.R. and the G.N.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Mansfield. Cattle fairs are held on 6 May and 29 Oct. The parish contains the additional townships of Stoney Houghton, ecclesiastically attached to Pleasley, and of Shirebrook, a distinct ecclesiastical district including Stuffynwood, the Hall at which is the seat of the Paget family. Acreage, 3275; population of civil parish, 1499; of the ecclesiastical, 923. The parish council consists of seven members. Mr Frederick Verney is lord of the manor and chief landowner, having inherited from Lady Verney, who with her sister Miss Florence Nightingale were coheiresses. Pleasley Vale is a romantic spot 1½ mile from the village, with limestone cliffs and ravines, and factories for cotton, silk, and merino spinning. Pleasley Vale House is a chief residence. Roman coins and a Roman pavement have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of South-well; gross value, £630 with residence. The church is in the Early English style, and consists of chancel (with fine Norman arch), nave, porch, and tower. At Pleasley Hill there are a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1894, and a Methodist 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 parishPleaseley St. Michael 
Poor Law unionMansfield 

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

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Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Pleasley from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtNG19
Post TownMansfield