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Sawley and Wilsthorpe, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Sawley and Wilsthorpe, a village, a township, and a parish in Derbyshire. The village stands on the river Trent, near the Erewash Canal and the M.R., 8½ miles ESE of Derby, was once a market-town, and has a post and money order office under Derby, a railway station with telegraph, and a church institute. The township comprises 1771 acres of land and 89 of water; population, 1415. The parish contains likewise the township of Long Eaton. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor belongs to the Earl of Harrington. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £300 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield. The church is ancient, of different styles, and has a tower and lofty spire with six bells. The vicarage of Long Eaton is a separate benefice. There are General Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishSawley All Saints 
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 Sawley 1656-1837, 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 Sawley and Wilsthorpe from the following:

Land and Property

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

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: