Horsley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire. 

Other places in the parish include: Kilbourn, Kilbourne, Kilburn, and Horsley Woodhouse. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1658

Nonconformists include: General Baptist, Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist Reform.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HORSLEY, a township, a parish, and a sub-district in Belper district, Derby. 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. Pop., 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. Pop., 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 LichfieldValue, £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. The sub-district contains also two other parishes and parts of two more. Acres, 9,672. Pop., 5,930. Houses, 1,230.

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

Parish Records

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


Horsley Derbyshire Marriages 1558-1812 – UK Genealogy Archives

Parish Records – FamilySearch

Horsley FamilySearch Catalog – Free

Horsley Woodhouse FamilySearch Catalog – Free


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

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


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


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: Morleston and Litchurch
Province: Canterbury

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