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Ripley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Ripley, a market-town and civil and ecclesiastical parish in Derbyshire. The town stands on a branch of the M.R., near the Cromford Canal, 10 miles NNE of Derby; is well built, carries on extensive trade in connection with neighbouring collieries, the Butterley Ironworks, and an establishment for silk and cotton manufacture, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Derby, and a central station, besides one at Butterley erected in 1890. There are two banks, a church, Baptist, Congregational, Primitive and United Free Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels; a cemetery, under the control of a burial board; a market hall, a public ball, a police station. Ripley is also a seat of petty sessions and publishes two weekly newspapers. A market is held on Saturdays, and fairs on Easter-Wednesday and 23 Oct. The parish also contains the hamlets of Butterley Park, Hartshay, Marehay, Greenwich, Green Hillocks, Pease Hill, and Waingroves. Acreage, 2815, of which 20 are water; population, 8774. It is governed by an urban district council. The Butterley Company Limited are the chief landowners. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1855. Population, 7687. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £284 with residence. The church, built in 1821, and completely restored in 1861, is in the Decorated style, and consists of chancel, nave, and embattled tower. A new church was erected at Green Hillocks in 1895. Roman coins were found in 1730.

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 
Civil parishPentrich 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionBelper 

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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ripley 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 Ripley 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:

DistrictAmber Valley
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE5
Post TownRipley