Pentrich  Derbyshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Pentrich like this:

PENTRICH, a township and a parish in Belper district, Derby. The township lies adjacent to Ryknield-street, the Cromford canal, the river Derwent, and the Midland railway, 2½ miles S S W of Alfreton, and 2½ E N E of Ambergate r. station; and once had a weekly market. Real property, £4, 147; of which £1, 600 are in mines. ...

Pop. in 1851, 486; in 1861, 585. Houses, 116. The parish contains also the chapelry of Ripley, which has a post-office under Derby. Acres, 3, 889. Real property, £40,007; of which £19, 458 are in mines, and £7, 647 in ironworks. Pop. in 1851, 3, 557; in 1861, 5, 829. Houses, 1, 166. The increase of pop. arose from the extension of collieries and ironworks. The property is much subdivided. The manor of Pentrich belongs to the Duke of Devonshire; and that of Ripley, to J. Woolley, Esq., and the executors of the late J.Topham, Esq. Butterley Hall, Butterley Carr, Scarsdale House, and the Elms, are chief residences. A tunnel of the Cromford canal is here, 8, 898 feet long. A Roman settlement was at Coneygree. Serious disturbances, with destruction of several houses, occurred in 1817. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £150.* Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church is ancient but good; stands on a rising ground; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains several ancient monuments. The p. curacy of Ripley is a separate benefice. There are a Calvinistic chapel and a parochial school in Pentrich; and five dissenting chapels, a mechanics' institute, and a national school in. Ripley.

Pentrich through time

Pentrich is now part of Amber Valley district. Click here for graphs and data of how Amber Valley has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Pentrich itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Pentrich, in Amber Valley and Derbyshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 01st March 2021

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