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Willesley, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Willesley, a parish in Derbyshire, 1½ mile SSW of Ashby-de-la-Zouch station on the M.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Acreage, 808; population, 64. The manor, with Willesley Hall, belongs to the Earl of Loudoun. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; gross value, £53, Patron, the Earl of Loudoun. The church consists of chancel, nave, and embattled western tower, contains some interesting monuments to the Hastings and Abney families, and was reseated in 1883 by the Earl of Loudoun.

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 parishWillesley St. Thomas 
HundredRepton and Gresley 
Poor Law unionAshby 

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

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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