Ripley is an Ecclesiastical Parish in the county of Derbyshire, created in 1822 from chapelry in Pentrich Ancient Parish. 

Other places in the parish include: Greenwich, Green Hillocks, Butterley, Marehay, and Hartshay. 

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1821
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1821

Nonconformists include: Baptist, General Baptist New Connexion, Independent/Congregational, Presbyterian Unitarian, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RIPLEY, a small town, a chapelry, and a sub-district, in Belper district, Derbyshire. The town stands at the terminus of the Derby, Little Eaton, and Ripley railway, near the Cromford canal, 10 miles NNE of Derby; is well-built; carries on extensive trade in connexion with neighbouring collieries, the Butterley iron-works, and an establishment for silk and cotton manufacture; and has a post-office under Derby, a railway station, a banking office, two chief inns, a church, five dissenting chapels, a school-church, two national schools, a weekly market on Saturday, and fairs on Easter-Wednesday, 23 Oct., and 5 Nov. The church was built in 1821, restored in 1861, and improved in 1868. The chapelry contains also the hamlets of Butterley, Hartshay, Marehay, Greenwich, and Green-Hillocks; and is in Pentrich parish. Acres, 2,164. Real property, £35,860; of which £17,858 are in mines, and £7,647 in iron-works. Pop. in 1851, 3,071; in 1861, 5,244. Houses, 1,050. The property is much subdivided. The manor belongs to J. Woolley, Esq., and the executors of the late J. Topham, Esq. Butterley Hall is the seat of Major Jessop. A branch of the Erewash Valley railway comes to Butterley works. Zinc smelting is carried on at Hartshay. Roman coins were found in 1730. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £300. Patron, F. Wright, Esq. The sub-district contains also the rest of Pentrich parish, all South Wingfield parish, and parts of two others. Pop. in 1851, 9,489; in 1861, 12,185. Houses, 2,510.

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


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

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