Morley Derbyshire Family History Guide

Morley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire. Smalley is a chapelry of Morley.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1540
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1662

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

  • Chaddesden
  • Smalley
  • Horsley
  • Spondon
  • Stanley
  • Breadsall

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MORLEY, a township and a parish in Belper district, Derbyshire. The township lies 2½ miles E of Little Eaton r. station, and 4¼ NE of Derby; and has a pillar letter-box under Derby. Real property, £2,933. Pop., 230. Houses, 54. The parish contains also the township of Smalley, and comprises 3,513 acres. Real property, £5,992. Pop. in 1851, 1,090; in 1861, 951. Houses, 213. The property is subdivided. Morley Hall is the seat of R. S. W. Sitwell, Esq.; and Smalley Manor House is the seat of John Radford, Esq. Traces exist of a Roman road. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Smalley, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £663. Patron, alternately E. D. Sitwell, Esq. and the Trustees of the late Sir Hugh Bateman, Bart, The church, excepting the tower, was rebuilt in 1850; is in the decorated English style; comprises nave, N aisle, and chancel, with pinnacled tower; and contains some brasses and old monuments of the Stathums and the Sacheverells, and two recent monuments to W. Turbutt, Esq., and the Rev. R. B. Turbutt. There are a Wesleyan chapel in Morley, a chapel of ease and a Baptist chapel in Smalley, national schools in both Morley and Smalley, alms houses with £30 a year in Morley, and charities £50 in Smalley.

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


Derbyshire parish registers. Marriages
by Phillimore, W. P. W. (William Phillimore Watts), 1853-1913, ed; Blagg, Thomas Matthews, ed

Morley Derbyshire Marriages 1540 to 1837 -

Morley Derbyshire Marriages 1540 to 1837 - 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