Horsley Derbyshire Family History Guide

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


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