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Sawley, Derbyshire
19th Century Derbyshire Directory Transcripts
From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - pp.295-296
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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SAWLEY is a parish, comprising the township of SAWLEY with WILSTHORPE, on the borders of Leicestershire, and has a station 1 mile from the village, on the Midland railway, 8½ miles south-south-east from Derby, 8½ south-south-west from Nottingham and 123 from London, in the Ilkeston division of the county, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, union of Shardlow, Derby petty sessional division and county court district, rural deanery of Ilkeston, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The river Derwent unites with the Trent in this parish, and is crossed by the Erewash canal on an aqueduct. A church existed here previous to 822. The church of All Saints is an ancient edifice of stone, restored and added to in the 13th century, and now comprises chancel, nave of four bays, wide aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower, with lofty spire, containing a clock and 3 ancient bells: the chancel arch, its superincumbent masonry, and the north wall of the chancel, are very Early Norman, possibly Saxon, the latter showing distinct traces of herringbone work: the aisles are partly Early English, with pointed arches and octagonal piers, but several of the windows are of the Decorated period, the tower is early 15th century Perpendicular: on the south side is a stained window, placed by the clergy and lay representatives of the former rural deanery of Ockbrook as a token of esteem for the Rev. Samuel Hey M.A. rector of this parish, who for a period of 45 years presided over their councils: there is a locker on the north side of the chancel, a piscina on the south side, and one in the north aisle: the carved oak Jacobean pulpit is dated 1636: an ancient oak screen separates the nave and chancel: the western organ gallery, erected in 1838, has been removed, and a new organ has been built at a cost or £300: Ralph de Chaddesden, prebendary of Sawley in Lichfield cathedral, from 1259 to 1266, whose effigy now lies in the porch, founded a chantry here, and partly rebuilt the aisles: under a canopy in the chancel is the recumbent figure of Roger Bothe, dated 1466 : in a recess, in the south wall of the chancel, is an alabaster effigy of John Bothe, a canon and prebendary of Sawley in 1474: this prebend was suspended by 3 & 4 Vic. c.113 : near the reading desk in the nave is an altar tomb, with brasses to Robert Bothe, son of Roger, ob. 1478: there are other interesting effigies and memorials, but the names and dates are mostly illegible: the church affords 600 sittings, 250 being free. The register dates from the year 1654, but is defective between 1691 and 1697. The living is a rectory, gross yearly value £309, including 4 acres of glebe with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield, and held since 1844 by the Rev. Samuel Hey M.A. of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. There are Wesleyan, General Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels here. The charities amount to £40 yearly for fuel and clothing. The Earl of Harrington, who is lord of the manor, and William P. Bennett esq. are the principal landowners. The soil is sand and gravel; subsoil, gravel. The chief crops are wheat, oats and pasture land. The area of the parish is 1,771 acres of land and 89 of water; rateable value, £7,922; the population of the township of Sawley with Wilsthorpe in 1881 was 1,379.

Wilsthorpe is a hamlet in the township and parish of Sawley, 1½ miles north from Sawley village. The Derby and Erewash canals pass through this hamlet. The Earl of Harrington is lord of the manor and principal landowner.

Parish Clerk, John Staples.

POST & M. O. O., S. B. & Annuity & Insurance Office.- George Morris, postmaster. Letters received through Derby, at 7.45 a.m.; dispatched at 7.50 p.m. The telegraph office is at Sawley station

WALL LETTER BOX, New Sawley, cleared at 8.5 p.m.; sunday at 8.40 p.m

Fire Engine House-One hand engine, 12 men. John Turner, captain & engineer

National (mixed), erected in 1859,for 220 children; average attendance, 174; George Thomas Lodge, master; Mrs. Alice Lodge & Miss Caroline Webber, mistresses
Baptist (day) (mixed), erected in 1860, for 150 children ; average attendance, 131 ; Alexander Clegg, master ; Miss Elizabeth Ford, mistress

Railway Station, Robert Manners, station master

CARRIER.-Henry Stevenson, Breaston, passes through Sawley to Nottingham, wed. & sat.; to Derby, fri


Bates William
Bennett Mrs
Bennett William Parkinson
Bradshaw John, Woodbine cottage
Clarke Rev. Arthur Edward B.A. [curate of All Saints]
Hey Rev. Samuel J M.A. Rectory
Hudson George James, Charnwood villa
Salt Thomas
Smith John Bonsall
Towler Rev. George [Baptist]
Turner Christopher, Elm cottage
Wright John Bowley


Adams John, coal dealer
Allen James, beer retailer
Allen James, jun. Harrington Arms P.H. & butcher
Bailey Reuben, gamekeeper to Hugo Crewe esq
Bates William, jun. butcher
Bennett William Parkinson, farmer & landowner
Birkin Joseph, provision dealer
Bonser Henry, Nag's Head inn
Bowmer Thomas, farmer, The Grange
Brown James Smith, White Lion inn
Brooks William, wheelwright
Burrows Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Davies Geo. Grant, Trent Navigation inn
Downing Josiah, farmer
Gandy Joseph, shopkeeper
Grammer Joseph, farmer
Hall William, beer retailer
Hamson John, tailor
Harriman Elizabeth (Miss), dress makr
Harrison Elizabeth (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Hill Joseph, shopkeeper
Ironmonger Thomas, butcher & farmer
Meads Enoch, shopkeeper
Morris George, grocer, Post office
Poyser John Fessant, baker
Rice James, assistant overseer
Robinson Frederick Wm. Royal Oak P.H
Sawley Church Institute (Rev. Samuel Hey M.A. president)
Sawley Co-operative Stores (Thomas Saxton, sec. & manager)
Smith Samuel, butcher
Staniland Richard, farmer
Staples John, shopkeeper & parish clerk
Stephens James, shopkeeper
Sturgess Ann (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Swift Robert, tailor
Thompson William, baker
Thorpe John, lace maker
Tingle Enoch, boat builder, Trent lock
Turner John, shoe maker
Turner William, shoe maker
Turner Wm. music wareho. Nottnghm rd
Webb James, farmer
Wilcox John, Bell hotel
Wilcox Mary (Mrs.), shopkeeper
Wilcox Thomas, shopkeeper
Wright John, shoe maker
Wright John Bowley, mineral water manufacturer ; & at Long Eaton. See advertisement


Berrisford Reuben, farmer, Lodge farm
Hardy Thomas, farmer
Porter Joseph, farmer

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