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St Mary & St George
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Parish Church of St Mary & St George, Church Gresley © 2001 Paul Greening
Parish Descriptions & Trade Directories (c.1712-1932)
Parish Registers (1574-1984) - incl. Transcripts (1695-1884)
Hearth Tax Assessments & Census Transcripts (1662, 1841, 1851, 1891)
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Parish & Non-Conformist Registers
Church Gresley, Holy Trinity
A township in the parish of Gresley, opened its church as a Chapel of Ease and licensed for Baptisms in 1903, closed again 1934.
Original Registers :  Baptisms 1903-1934 only.

Church Gresley, Saints George and Mary
This is an ancient parish, with registers dating back to 1574.  The parish includes:-
-   the townships of Church Gresley and Drakelow;
-   also included the Chapel of Ease at Church Gresley, Holy Trinity 1903-1934;
-   originally included most of the townships of Donisthorpe and Oakthorpe, until 1838; (see Oakthorpe & Donisthorpe Parish Pages)
-   the township of Swadlincote until 1849;
-  and the townships of Linton and Castle Gresley until 1984.
        Baptisms  1574-1678,  1695-1908
        Marriages  1574-1678,  1695-1907
        Banns  1754-1782,  1866-1901
        Burials  1574-1678,  1695-1920
    N.B.  No entries for Baptisms, Marriages or Burials, 1679-1694.
Compiled from: Derbyshire Record Office "Parish Register List", 1998, p.31, by Sonia Addis-Smith

Microfilm copies of Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts are held at the Derbyshire Record Office (Ref. D2112/A/PI/1/1-4,2/1-5,3/1-7,4/1-4,5/1-2). They are also available for ordering via local LDS Family History Centres, as follows:
Baptisms, marriages and burials (1574-1678) - LDS Film No. 1752223 Item 22
Baptisms, marriages and burials (1695-1780) Baptisms and burials (1780-1812) Marriages (1790-1791) Baptisms (1813-1908) Marriages (1754-1886) - LDS Film No. 1785836
Marriages (1886-1907) Banns (1866-1900) Burials (1813-1920) - LDS Film No. 1785837 Items 1-8
Bishop's transcripts: Baptisms, marriages and burials (1664-1812) - LDS Film No. 422197 Item 2
Bishop's transcripts: Baptisms, marriages and burials (1813-1846) - LDS Film No. 498052 Item 2

Baptisms and marriages from the Bishop's Transcripts have been included in the IGI, which may be searched at the LDS site on-line, using the following batch numbers:
C061291    Baptisms    1813-1846
C061292    Baptisms    1664-1812
M061291   Marriages   1813-1837
M061292   Marriages   1664-1812
However, it should be noted that the Bishop's Transcripts are incomplete, and entries should be checked against the original parish registers wherever possible.

The following Non-Conformist Records are also available through the LDS Church Family History Centres:

Primitive Methodist Church. Church Gresley Circuit
Baptisms, 1854-1905
Derbyshire Record Office call no.: D 2740/1/1-3.
LDS Film No. 2081085 Items 8-10
** Looking for a volunteer to transcribe  **

United Methodist Free Church. Church Gresley
Baptisms, 1877-1911
Derbyshire Record Office call no.: D 4171/1/1-2.
LDS Film No. 2081085 Items 6-7
** Looking for a volunteer to transcribe  **

Parish Register Transcripts
These transcriptions from the Church Gresley Parish Registers are intended to supplement information already available to the researcher on the IGI. I will transcribe additional years when I have the time and the microfilm available.
Baptisms  Transcribed by Brett Payne
1841  1842 1843  1844 1845  1846 1847  1848 1849  1850
1851  1852 1853  1854 1855  1856 1857  1858 1859  1860
Surname Index (1841-1860) A-K L-Y  Z

Marriages  Transcribed by Brett Payne
1783-1812  1813-1837(Jul) (Jul-Dec)1837  1838 1839  1840
1841  1842 1843  1844 1845  1846 1847  1848 1849  1850
1851  1852 1853  1854 1855  1856 1857  1858 1859  1860
1861  1862 1863  1864 1865  1866 1867  1868 1869  1870
1871  1872 1873  1874 1875  1876 1877  1878 1879  1880
1881  1882 1883
Surname Index (1785-1883)  A-B C-F  G-K L-Q  R-T U-Y  Z

Burials  Transcribed by Brett Payne
1695-1725  1726-1750 1751-1775  1776-1800 1801-1812
Surname Index (1695-1812)  A-K L-W  X Y Z

Memorial Inscriptions
The Derbyshire Family History Society has published the Memorial Inscriptions for the Parish Church of St Mary & St George, Church Gresley on microfiche (MIs fiche No. 55).


Census Transcripts
1662 Hearth Tax Assessments for Church Gresley
Reproduced here by kind permission of Philip Riden, Secretary of the Derbyshire Record Society (DRS).  The DRS published a full transcript of the "Derbyshire Hearth Tax Assessments 1662-70", edited by David G. Edwards, in 1982, now sadly out of print.  I'm very grateful to Sonia Addis-Smith, who kindly provided me with a copy of the relevant section of this transcript.

1841 Census Church Gresley parish, Burton-upon-Trent Registration District, Enumeration Districts 2 & 3
Transcribed by Gill Castle and Indexed (with minor amendments) by Brett Payne.  N.B. the films were difficult to read, and there may well be errors in this transcription - any corrections would be appreciated.
"All that part of the township of Church Gresley which lies to the west of the public highway or village street of Church Gresley [extend]ing from Swadlincote until the said highway nearly at right angles enters the Turnpike Road leading from Wooden Box to Linton or Gresley Common and also such part of the said Township as lies to the North of the said Turnpike Road leading from Wooden Box to Linton after the junction of the said Highway and Turnpike Road on the said Common."
Transcript  Ref. 1-500 501-991
Surname Index

1851 Census of Church Gresley  Transcribed and Indexed by Brett Payne
HO 107/2011 Burton upon Trent Union, Gresley District, E.D. 1A  Enumerator: James Yardley
"All that Part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the West of the Public Highway or Village Street of Church Gresley leading from Swadlincote until the said Highway nearly at Right Angles enters the Turnpike Road Leading form Wooden Box to Linton and also all such Part of the Township of Church Gresley as lies to the North of the said Turnpike leading from Wooden Box to Linton - (Including Harthcote, Gresley Hall and Catchems Inn)."
Transcript Folios  448-453 454-458  459-463
HO 107/2011 Burton upon Trent Union, Gresley District, E.D. 1B  Enumerator: William Cooper
"Also that other part of the said Township of Church Gresley which lies to the East and South of the aforesaid Highway or Village Street - and to the South of the said Turnpike Road from Wooden Box to Linton including Gresley Parsonage, Linton Heath, Jacks in the Hole, Gresley Colliery, Gresley Park, and Victoria Row."
Transcript Folios  467-472 473-478  479-485
Surname Index
The 1851 Census Index for the Church Gresley Sub-District (Volume 5:2) has also been published on microfiche and in book form by the Derbyshire Family History Society.

1891 Census of Church Gresley  Transcribed and Indexed by Brett Payne
PRO Ref. RG12/2198  E.D. 1  Enumerator: Edwin Adams  Folios 4-23
Emmanuel Swadlincote Parish (Church Gresley portion) "Boundary: That part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the East and West of the Highway or Public Street from Swadlincote to Moira, bounded on the South by the Township of Woodville and on the North by Gresley Common.  Contents: Coppice Side, Merriman's Row and Victoria Row, including the Urban portion on the West side of the Road leading through Swadlincote."
St George & St Mary Church Gresley Parish "Boundary: That part of the Township of Church Gresley contiguous to the aforesaid Highway or Public Street bounded as aforesaid.  Contents: Pool Village (Jacks in the Hole) and part of Gresley Common to Railway Bridge."
PRO Ref. RG12/2198  E.D. 2  Enumerator: Henry Orgill Junr.  Folios 27-51
"Contents: Hastings Rd, Highfield Road, Wilmot Road, Stanhope Road, Wood Street, Buildings Company's Allotments, Gresley Wood Farm, Heathcote Farm & Lansdown Road.  Boundary: That part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the right of the Highway or Public Street from Swadlincote to Moira commencing at Hastings Road & terminating at Lansdowne Road bounded on the East by the Township of Swadlincote and on the West by Gresley Common."
PRO Ref. RG12/2198  E.D. 3  Enumerator: James Bradford  Folios 55-69
"Contents: Chapman's Row, Post Office, Gresley Hall, Temperance Place, Boot Inn, Dog Kennel, Gresley Wood, Colliery, Catchem's Inn and all houses West of the footpath leading from Gresley Church to Newhall.  Boundary: That part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the East of the Turnpike Road from Woodville to Linton, commencing at Chapman's Row (opposite the residence of Dr. Parkhill) and terminating at Prospect House, bounded on the South by Gresley Common and on the North by Lansdown Road."
PRO Ref. RG12/2198  E.D. 4  Enumerator: Albert Knighton  Folios 73-81
"Boundary: That part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the west of the Turnpike Road from Woodville to Linton, commencing with Nixon's Row and temrinating at Station Road bounded on the south by the Township of Moira and on the East by the Public Road leading to Castle Gresley.  Contents: Brown's Row, National School, William the 4th Inn, Turner's Row, Gresley Lodge and all houses adjacent to the Midland Round Railway including Station Road and Lenson's Farmhouse."
PRO Ref. RG12/2198  E.D. 5  Enumerator: Thomas Hanson  Folios 85-99
"Boundary: That part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the North West of the aforesaid Turnpike Road from Woodville to Linton, commencing at the New Freehold Land Society's Allotment, and terminating at Mount Pleasant on the Overseal Road bounded on the East by the Public Road to Castle Gresley and on the West by the Midland Railway.  Contents: The New Freehold Land Society's Allotments Station Street Church Street Orgills Buildings Gresley Park Swains Park and Greenfields."
PRO Ref. RG12/2198  E.D. 6  Enumerator: Thomas Crofts  Folios 103-128
"Boundary: All that remaining part of the Township of Church Gresley which lies to the north of the Highway or Public Street from Swadlincote to Moira, Commencing just past the Barley Mow Inn, & terminating at Jabez Harvey's House, including all houses east of the foot path from Gresley Church to Harvey's House aforesaid, bounded on the south by Gresley Common.  Contents: Common side, New Street, Traveller's Rest Inn, Board Schools, & the Old Freehold Land Society's allotments, including Fishergate St, Harvey's house, Cherry St, Eley's Houses, School Street, Part of Regent Street, Adam's, Hardy's, Truman's, & Newberry's Houses, Windmill Hill, Chapel St, and Queen Street. The whole in the Parliamentary Division of South Derbyshire."
Full Transcript  N.B. if your household is at the end of a Folio, it may continue at the beginning of the next Folio.
E.D.1  Folio            4    5    6    7    8    9  10     11 12   13  14   15 16   17  18   19  20     21 22   23
E.D.2  Folio                             27   28 29   30    31  32  33   34  35  36  37   38  39   40    41  42  43  44  45   46  47   48  49   50  51
E.D.3  Folio                55   56  57   58 59   60    61  62  63   64  65  66  67   68  69
E.D.4  Folio      73 74  75  76   77  78  79  80     81
E.D.5  Folio                85   86  87   88 89   90    91  92  93   94  95  96  97   98  99
E.D.6  Folio   103 104105106107 108109110  111112113114115116117118119120  121122123124125126127128
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The 1891 Census Index for Church Gresley and Swadlincote (PRO Ref. RG12/2198) has also been published on microfiche and in electronic format by the Derbyshire Family History Society, from whom it may be purchased.


History Some historical material may also be found in the Trade Directory descriptions above.

Newspaper Extracts
Derby Mercury 1827 Auction Notice relating to land owned by the Payne family of Newton Solney & Church Gresley.
Derby Mercury 7 May 1847 - Gresley Pit Disaster by kind courtesy of Clyde Dissington of The Magic Attic.

Place Names
CHURCH GRESLEY  It is impossible to separate the early forms for Castle and Church Gresley, though most of them probably belong to the latter.  They have therefore been placed in one group for convenience.
Gresele, -lea, -lee, -leia, -l', -lega, -leg(e), -legh(e), -leya, -ley(e) c. 1125 LeiSur, 1132, 1150-9 Burton (p), c. 1158 Bemrose (p), 1166 RBE (p), c. 1175 Gresley (p), 1176, 1177 P (p) et freq to c.1510 Austin
Griseleia 1194 Cur (p), -leg' 1220 ib (p), -leya c. 1280 Austin, Gryseley 1330 Ass
Gresleia, -le(i), -ley(e) 1166 RBE (p), 1208 FF (p), c. 1232 DbCh, 1259 BurtAn (p), c. 1280 DbAns vi (p), 1281 FF et passim
Gresselee, -leg', -ley(e) 1183 P (p), 1258 Ipm (p), 1291 Tax, 1346 FA
Greyseley 1272 BurtCh (p)
Greisley 1504 PCC, 1552 DKR
Churchegreseleye 1363 Pat
Ekwall's suggestion (Studies 175-6) that this is 'gravel clearing' (v. greosn, leah) cannot be substantiated, though no alternative etymology can be suggested.  Speculation about possibilities would remain unfruitful; cf. Greasley (PN Nt 144-5).
HEARTHCOTE FM (6")
Hedcote 1086 DB, 1298 Ipm
Hetcota 1150-9 Burton, -cote 1280 ib
Hath(e)cote 1285, 1309 Ch, 1330 Ass, 1330 QW, 1348 Cor et passim to 1535 Val, (Warde-) 1410 DuLa
Heth(e)cote 1298 Ipm, 1330 Ass, 1334 RylPhCh, -kote 1350 Cor, (Warde-) 1544-7 ECP
Heythcoate 1549 DbA xxvii
'Heath cottage', v. haed, cot. For Warde- cf. William le Warde de Hathecote 1330 Ass and Stanton infra 659.
CHURCH GRESLEY COLLIERY (6"), Church Colliery 1835 O.
GRESLEY COMMON (6"), Greisley Common 1835 Derby.
GRESLEY PARK FM (6"), cf. le Parke 1543 Derby.
GRESLEY WOOD (6"), 1835 O.
Field Names
The principal forms in (a) are 1854 SaleCat; those dated 1410 are DuLa, 1543 Derby.
(a) Davy Leys (v. laes); Dog Kennel Close; Finney Cliff; Folly Close (v. infra 756); Rickyard Close; Ryegrass Close; Spring Close; Stapenhill Close; Thistley Close; Thrumley (Thrumlow 1543, v. hlaw).
(b) Blakgreue 1410 (v. blaec, graefe); Cowclose 1543; Cyssowe close 1543; Fallowefeld 1543 (v. falh, feld); Gostecroftes (sic) 1543 (v. gorst, croft); Grymesclose 1410 ('Grim's close', v. clos); Hallowes close 1541 (v. halh, clos); Horgett pasture 1543; the Messe Place 1543; le Orcharde close 1543; Prestes butts 1543 (v. preost, butte); le Soughe 1410 (v. sogh); Tubbe pasture 1543, Tythe meade 1543; Wheatfeld 1543.
Extracted from: The Place Names of Derbyshire, Vol. XXIX, Part Three, by Kenneth Cameron, published in 1959, by the Cambridge University Press. 


Maps
Map thumbnails now on a separate page.

Photographs
Recent photographs of the village of Church Gresley

---- St Mary & St George Parish Church by kind courtesy of Paul Greening
---- My GG-Uncle Charles Hallam PAYNE (1871-1960) in Church Gresley churchyard, 1959 - photo by Charles Bernard (Bud) Payne

Other Church Gresley photos from Paul Greening's web site - click on thumbnail for a larger view.
T.G. Green's Pottery
St George's Church of England School
'Top Pit Row'
Gresley Hall
Also on this web site, Present Day Photos of 'The Streets', Castle Gresley.


Local Links
The Magic Attic  Local Archives
T.G. Green's Pottery
Mason-Cash Pottery
The Royal Oak Pub

Surname Interests
If you would like to add your Church Gresley surname or other historical interests to this web site, please Email me.  I can also insert hyper-links from the entries in the Trade Directory Listings to your web site or contact details.  If you are able to provide some genealogical or historical information about your family and its relationship with Church Gresley, this would also be most welcome.
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