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Swarkeston, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Swarkeston, a village and a parish in Derbyshire, on the river Trent, 1½ mile SW of Chellaston station on the M.R., and 5 miles S by E of Derby. There is a post office under Derby; money order and telegraph office, Chellaston. Acreage 996, of which 28 are water; population, 230. A 29-arched bridge, 3912 feet long, here spans the Trent and Meadows. Considerable remains of Swarkeston Old Hall still exist. The baronet family of Crewe are lords of the manor. The living is in the diocese of Southwell, and was annexed in 1868 to the rectory of Stanton-by-Bridge. The church is chiefly Norman, and was enlarged in 1828, and thoroughly restored in 1876. It consists of chancel, nave, N aisle, and an embattled western tower with three bells, and contains monuments to the Harpurs.

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 parishSwarkestone St. James 
HundredRepton and Gresley 
Poor Law unionShardlow 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Swarkeston 1604-1837, 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 Swarkeston 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 Swarkeston 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: