In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Duffield like this:
DUFFIELD, a village, a township, a parish, and a sub-district, in Belper district, Derbyshire. The village stands on the river Derwent, adjacent to the North Midland railway, 4¼ miles N of Derby; was known, at Domesday, as Dunelle; and has a station on the railway, a post office‡ under Derby, and fairs on the Thursday after 1 Jan. and 1 March. The township includes the village; extends into the country; and carries on cotton spinning, lace-making, stocking-making, glove-making, and mining. ...
Real property, £11, 872. Pop., 2, 639. Houses, 571. The parish contains also the townships of Hazlewood, Turnditch, Windley, and Shottle and Postern, and the chapelries of Holbrook and Belper. Acres, 17, 390. Real property, £43, 292; of which £145 are in quarries. Pop., 16, 776. Houses, 3, 518. The property is much subdivided. Duffield Hall, Duffield House, and Duffield Bank are chief residences. A castle was built, about 1096, by Henry de Ferrars, on a spot now called Castle-orchard, at the north-west end of the village; and demolished, in 1325 by Henry II. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £185.* Patron, the Bishop of Lichfield. The church is good. The chapelries of Belper, Bridge-Hill, Hazlewood, Heage, Holbrook, Milford, and Turnditch are separate benefices. There are several dissenting chapels, a free school with £124 from endowment, and other charities with £253. -The sub-district contains four townships of Duffield parish, parts of another parish, and five entire parishes. Acres, 23, 975. Pop., 6, 466. Houses, 1, 349.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Duffield has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Amber Valley. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Duffield and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Duffield, in Amber Valley and Derbyshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 20th June 2013
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