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Risley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Risley, a township in Wilne parish, Derbyshire, 1½ mile W by S of Sandiacre railway station, and 4½ miles S of Ilkeston. It has a post and telegraph office under Derby; money order office, Sandiacre. Acreage, 1152; population, 248. The manor belonged to the Mortimers, passed to the Sheffields, the Willoughbys, and the Ffytches, and belongs now to the Stevens family. Risley Hall and Risley Lodge are chief residences. A silver vessel, 20 inches by 15. said to have belonged to a church in France in 405, was found near the hall in 1729. The living is a rectory, with Breaston annexed, in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £330 with residence. Patron, the Bishop. The church is ancient but good, and contains some stained windows and a beautifully carved oak screen. There are three endowed schools, founded in 1593 by Sir Michael Willoughby, for the children of seven neighbouring parishes.

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 parishSandiacre 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionShardlow 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Risley 1720-1812, 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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Risley 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 Risley 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 districtDE72
Post TownDerby