Place:Horsley, Derbyshire, England

Alt namesHosseleisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 69
TypeParish (ancient), Civil parish
Coordinates52.996°N 1.434°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoMorleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Belper Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1974
Amber Valley District, Derbyshire, Englandadministrative district covering the area since 1974
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Horsley is a small village roughly 5 miles north of the City of Derby, England, with a population of circa 500, increasing to 973 at the 2011 UK census.

The parish church of St Clement and St John, which dates from the 13th century, was rededicated in 1450. It is noted for its fine peal of bells. The main street is Church Street which runs from east to west through the village.

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

"HORSLEY, a township, a parish, and a [registration] sub-district in Belper [registration] district, Derby[shire]. The township lies adjacent to the Derby, Little Eaton, and Ripley railway, ½ a mile from Coxbench station, 1¾ E of the river Derwent, and 2½ SE of Belper Real property: £1,982; of which £100 are in quarries. Population: 468. Houses: 102.
"The parish contains also the townships of Horsley-Woodhouse and Kilbourne; and its post town is Coxbench, under Derby. Acres: 2,792. Real property: £7,764; of which £1,300 are in mines, and £100 in quarries. Population: 2,250. Houses: 473. The property is not much divided. The manor belongs to the Rev. H. W. Sitwell. Stainsby House, Horsley House, and Kilbourne Hall are chief residences. Horston Castle was built here, in the early part of the 13th century, by Ralph de Burun; but has been destroyed. coal mining has been extended; and tanning, nail making, and the manufactory of hosiery are carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £170. Patron: the Rev. H. W. Sitwell. The church stands on an eminence; is early English; was restored in 1860; and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with tower and lofty spire. There are a Wesleyan chapel, two national schools, and an infant school in Horsley township; Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels, and an infant school, in Horsley-Woodhouse; and Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, and a girls' school, in Kilbourne. Charities, £22."

Horsley was originally an ancient parish in the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred of Derbyshire, England. As an ancient parish it had supervision of two chapelries and townships: Horsley Woodhouse and Kilburn.

It was made a civil parish in 1866 and in 1894 it became part of the Belper Rural District. Since 1974 it has been in the non-metropolitan Amber Valley non-metropolitan 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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