Belper Derbyshire Family History Guide

Belper is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Derbyshire, created in 1843 from chapelry in Duffield Ancient Parish. 

Alternative names: Belpher

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1783
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1783

Nonconformists include: Christians, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, General Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Methodist New Connexion, Primitive Methodist, Roman Catholic, Unitarian, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Reform.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BELPER, a town, two chapelries, a subdistrict, and a district in Derbyshire. The town is in Duffield parish, and stands in a pleasant situation, on the river Derwent and on the Midland railway, 7¼. miles N of Derby. It was an inconsiderable village till 1777; but has risen to importance by means of manufactures; and was visited, in 1832, by Queen Victoria and the Duchess of Kent. It comprises several regular streets, and contains some interesting buildings. A handsome bridge of three arches spans the river. An old chapel, built by John of Gaunt, is used as a school-house. The head church, erected in 1824, at a cost of £12,603, is a fine edifice, in the decorated style, with a high tower, surmounted by pinnacles. Christ Church, in Bridge-street, was erected in 1854. A cemetery, with entrance offices and two chapels, in the late decorated style, was opened in 1859. There are chapels for Independents, Baptists, Wesleyan Methodists, Primitive Methodists, Un. Free Methodists, and Unitarians. There are also alms-houses and a workhouse; the latter in the Tudor style, and erected at a cost of £7,580. The town has a head post office, a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, and four chief inns; and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling-place. A weekly market is held on Saturday; and fairs on 28 Jan., 12 May, and 31 Oct. Cotton works, belonging to the Messrs. Strutt, employ upwards of 2,000 persons. Hosiery work and nail-making also are carried on; and an extensive pottery and coal works are in the neighbourhood. Bridge-Hill-House, the residence of J. H. Strutt, Esq., and Green Hall are fine mansions. The town gives the title of Baron, created in 1856, to the elder branch of the family of Strutt. Acres, 3,078. Real property, £18,081. Pop., 9,509. Houses, 1,976.

The chapelries are Belper and Bridge-Hill; were constituted in 1846 and 1845; and jointly comprise most of the town. Pop., 6,106 and 2,839. Houses, 1,309 and 563. Both are vicarages in the diocese of Lichfield. Value of the former, £300; of the latter, £150. Patron of the former, the Vicar of Duffield; of the latter, alternately the Crown and the Bishop.-The subdistrict is conterminate with the town. The district comprehends also the subdistrict of Ripley. containing the parishes of Pentrich and South Wingfield, the chapelry of Heage, and part of the parish of Crich; the subdistrict of Alfreton, conterminate with the parish of Alfreton; the subdistrict of Wirksworth, containing parts of the parishes of Wirksworth, Duffield, Ashover, and KirkIreton; the subdistrict of Horsley, containing the parishes of Horsley, Morley, and Denby, the chapelry of Holbrook, and part of the parish of Kirk-Hallam; and the subdistrict of Duffield, containing the parishes of Mackworth, Allestree, Quarndon, Kedleston, and KirkLsngley, and parts of the parishes of Duffield and Mugginton. Acres, 66,590. Poor-rates in 1866, £15,542. Pop. in 1861, 51,711. Houses, 10,535. Marriages in 1866, 517; births, 1,959, of which 142 were illegitimate; deaths, 1,199, of which 507 were at ages under 5 years, and 20 at ages above 85 years. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 4,217; births, 17,197; deaths, 10,106. The places of worship in 1851 were 30 of the Church of England, with 12,745 sittings; 8 of Independents, with 2,445 s.; 12 of Baptists, with 2,931 s.; 2 of Unitarians, with 776 s.; 39 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 9,086 s.; 1 of the Methodist New Connection, with 100 s.; 8 of Primitive Methodists, with 3,072 s.; 13 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 2,290 s.; 1 undefined, with 150 s.; and 1 of Latter Day Saints, with 46 attendants. The schools were 51 public day schools, with 4,515 scholars; 72 private day schools, with 1,556 s.; 93 Sunday schools, with 10,405 s.; and 5 evening schools for adults, with 171 s.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Census

England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911

Parish Records

England, Derbyshire, Church of England Parish Registers, 1537-1918

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Belper, 1841-1891

Church Records

Baptisms, 1776-1808; burials, 1810-1855 Author: Unitarian Church (Belper, Derbyshire)

Baptisms, 1794-1836 Author: Belper and Heage Independent Chapel (Derbyshire)

Baptisms, 1824-1863 Author: Field Head Circuit (Belper, Derbyshire : Primitive Methodist)

Births and baptisms, 1821-1837 Author: Methodist Church (Belper, England)

Bishop's transcripts for Belper, 1783-1832 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Belper (Derbyshire)

Church records, 1808-1837 Author: Wesleyan Church (Belper, England)

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Belper Pottery Kilbourne Road Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, church records, 1927-1989 Author: Belper Pottery Kilbourne Road Chapel (Belper, Derbyshire : Wesleyan Methodist); Belper Pottery Kilbourne Road Chapel (Belper, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Christ Church, parish registers, 1886-1989 Author: Church of England. Christ Church (Belper, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Congregational chapel, church records Author: Congregational Church (Belper, Derbyshire); Green Lane Chapel (Belper, Derbyshire : Congregational); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Field Head Primitive Methodist Church, church records, 1926-1965 Author: Field Head Chapel (Belper, Derbyshire : Primitive Methodist); Field Head Church (Belper, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Holbrook Road Primitive Methodist Chapel, church records, 1946-1983 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Holbrook Road Unitarian Chapel, church records, 1845-1998 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Salem United Methodist Free Chapel, church records, 1915-1964 Author: Salem Chapel (Belper, Derbyshire : United Methodist Free); Salem Chapel (Belper, Derbyshire : Methodist); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, St. Peter's Church, parish registers, 1918-1972 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Belper (Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Trinity Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, church records, 1839-1872 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

Parish registers for Belper, 1783-1944 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Belper (Derbyshire)

Parish registers for Christ Church, Belper, 1846-1934 Author: Church of England. Christ Church (Belper, Derbyshire)

Record of members, 1848-1851 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Calverton Branch (Nottinghamshire); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Belper Branch (Derbyshire)

Record of members, ca. 1847-1897 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Belper Branch (Derbyshire)

Church Records - Indexes

Computer printout of Belper and Heage, Independent, Derby., Eng

Computer printout of Belper, Derby., Eng

Computer printout of Belper, Primitive Methodist, Derby., Eng

Computer printout of Belper, Wesleyan Methodist, Derby., Eng

Parish register printouts of Belper and Heage, Derbyshire, England (Independent) ; christenings, 1793-1836 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Belper, Derby, England ; christenings, 1813-1832 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Belper, Derbyshire, England (Primitive Methodist) ; christenings, 1821-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Belper, Derbyshire, England (Wesleyan Methodist) ; christenings, 1796-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Cemeteries

Cemetery records, 1859-1997 Author: Belper Cemetery (Belper, Derbyshire)

Memorial inscriptions from St. John the Baptist's church, Belper, Derbyshire Author: Derbyshire Family History Society

The memorial inscriptions of St. Peters, Belper Author: Derbyshire Family History Society

Monumental inscriptions, Belper--Congregational Church, Central Methodist Church ; Duffield--General Baptist Chapel Author: Derbyshire Family History Society

Parish registers for Belper, 1783-1944 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Belper (Derbyshire)

A transcript of the memorial inscriptions in the church and churchyard of St. Swithins in the parish of Belper and in the County of Derby Author: Derbyshire Family History Society

Poorhouses & Poor Law

England, Derbyshire, Belper Workhouse, Poor law records, 1840-1983 Author: Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, poor law records, 1802 Author: Church of England. Chapelry of Belper (Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, workhouse register Author: Derbyshire Record Office

Church History

Belper Unitarian Chapel Author: Wykes, David L.

St. John's Chapel, Belper : the life of a church and a community Author: Power, E. G.

History

Belper : looking into the past Author: Barrass, Audrey; Belper Historical Society

St. John's Chapel, Belper : the life of a church and a community Author: Power, E. G.

Schools

England, Derbyshire, Belper Herbert Strutt School, admission registers, 1909-1941 Author: Herbert Strutt School (Belper, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Cow Hill Girl's School, admission registers, 1878-1946 Author: Cow Hill Girl's School (Belper, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, High Street School, admission registers, 1922-1936 Author: High Street School (Belper, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Long Row School, admission registers, 1905-1946 Author: Long Row School (Belper, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

England, Derbyshire, Belper, Pottery School, admission registers, 1908-1941 Author: Pottery School (Belper, Derbyshire); Derbyshire Record Office

School records for Belper Mill British School, Belper, 1818-1880 Author: Belper Mill British School (Belper, Derbyshire)

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977

Occupations

United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners' Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries

Administration

County: Derbyshire
Civil Registration District: Belper
Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Lichfield (Episcopal Consistory)
Diocese: Lichfield
Rural Deanery: Duffield
Poor Law Union: Belper
Hundred: Appletree
Province: Canterbury