Pleasley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Derbyshire. 

Other places in the parish include: Stoney Houghton and Houghton Stoney. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1553
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1665

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PLEASLEY, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in the district of Mansfield and county of Derby. The village stands on the river Meden, at the boundary with Notts, 3¼ miles NW of Mansfield r. station; was once a market town; and has a post-office under Mansfield, and fairs on 6 May and 29 Oct. The old market cross still stands on the brow of an adjacent hill. The parish contains also the chapelry of Shirebrook and the hamlet of Stoney-Houghton. Acres, 3,750. Real property, £14,639; of which £9,000 are in ironworks. Pop., 613. Houses, 132. The property is divided among a few. P. Vale House is the seat of W. Hollins, Esq. P. vale is a romantic spot, 1¼ mile from the village; shows limestone cliffs and ravines; and has two neat factories for cotton and merino spinning. Roman coins and a Roman pavement have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £493. Patron, W. P. Thornhill, Esq. The church is a long narrow structure, with ill-proportioned tower; and the chancel was rebuilt in 1847. The p. curacy of Shirebrook is a separate benefice. There are a Methodist meeting-place, a mechanics’ institute, and charities £10. The sub-district contains also 4 other parishes and a township. Acres, 16,294. Pop., 2,484. Houses, 510.

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

Parish Records – FamilySearch

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


Vision of Britain historical maps


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

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