Place:Dethick Lea and Holloway, Derbyshire, England

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NameDethick Lea and Holloway
Alt namesDethick and Leasource: former name of parish
Dethick Leasource: alternate name
Dethick and Hollowaysource: former name of parish
Dethicksource: village in parish
Dethwicksource: alternate spelling
Leasource: village in parish
Hollowaysource: village in parish
Lea Bridgesource: village in parish
TypeTownship, Civil parish
Coordinates53.119°N 1.511°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoAshover, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Wirksworth Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located in the distant past
Scarsdale Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located more recently
Belper Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Amber Valley District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


NOTE: Unfortunately WeRelate cannot use a comma within the first section of a placename, therefore we are using Dethick Lea and Holloway instead of Dethick, Lea and Holloway for the name of this Derbyshire parish.


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Dethick Lea and Holloway is a civil parish (and, since 1899, an ecclesiastical parish), in the Amber Valley Borough of Derbyshire, England.

It is located in central Derbyshire, southeast of Matlock, and, as its name suggests, contains the three main settlements – Dethick, Lea and Holloway, as well as the younger village of Lea Bridge.

The area's most notable family is the Nightingales, who spent the summers there. Florence Nightingale stayed at the house named Lea Hurst, and, during the 1880s, nursed her mother and rendered charitable work in the communities of Lea, Holloway and nearby Whatstandwell.

end of Wikipedia contribution. Wikipedia has summaries of each of the four settlements within its article.

Dethick and Lea was the original township in the ancient parish of Ashover in the Wirksworth Hundred of Derbyshire. At some time it was transferred to Scarsdale Hundred and continued with the name Dethick and Lea until 1897.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Belper Rural District. In 1897 it change the name of its civil parish to Dethick and Holloway. Since 1974 it has been in the Amber Valley District. It was probably in 1974 that it was to give the civil parish the name which included all three of its settlements. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

A nineteenth century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Dethick or Dethwick or Dethwick Lea from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"DETHWICK, or Dethwick Lea, a township-chapelry in Ashover parish, Derby[shire]; on the Cromford canal, near Matlock-Bath {railway] station, and 2 miles SE of Matlock. It includes Holloway hamlet; and its post town is Matlock-Bath. Acres: 2,110. Real property: £3,474. Population: 935. Houses: 206. The property is divided among a few. The living is a [perpetual] curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £93. Patron: T. Hallowes, Esq. The church is good; and there are four dissenting chapels."

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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