Place:Somersal Herbert, Derbyshire, England

NameSomersal Herbert
Alt namesSommersalesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 70
Somershall Herbertsource: spelling variation
Somersall Herbertsource: spelling variation
Somersall-Herbertsource: spelling variation
Hill Somersalsource: settlement in parish
Potter Somersalsource: settlement in parish
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.917°N 1.797°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoAppletree Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Sudbury Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1934
Ashbourne Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1934-1974
Derbyshire Dales District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Somersal Herbert is a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, 2 miles northeast of Doveridge. Somersal Herbert Hall was built c.1564, incorporating an earlier building from c.1500, and is a half-timerbed Grade I listed building. Hill Somersal and Potter Somersal are minor settlements within 1 mile. Both have been redirected here.

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

"SOMERSALL-HERBERT, a parish in the [registration] district of Uttoxeter and county of Derby[shire]: 3 miles E N E of Uttoxeter [railway] station. Post town: Derby. Acres: 697. Real property: £1,230. Population: 116. Houses: 20. The manor belongs to Lord Vernon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value: £250. Patron: Sir W. Fitzherbert, Bart."

Somersal Herbert was originally an ancient parish in the Appletree Hundred of Derbyshire, England. Somersal Herbert had no chapelries and townships.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of Sudbury Rural District. On the abolition of Sudbury Rural District in 1934 Somersal Herber parish was transferred to Ashbourne Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Derbyshire Dales District.

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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