Great Wilne

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'Saint Chad's Church in Church Wilne' [1].

Great Wilne is a small village in Derbyshire, England on the border with Leicestershire. It is 7 miles (11 km) south east of Derby. It is a village split from its church of St Chad's by the river. The church is at the very small hamlet of Church Wilne which can only be approached by a short walk via the bridge over the River Derwent, or by a fair car journey which necessitates travelling out of the county.

'Entering the small hamlet of Great Wilne' [1].


In 1009 Æþelræd Unræd (King Ethelred the Unready) signed a charter at the Great Council which recognised the position and boundaries of Westune.[2] The land described in that charter included the lands now known as Shardlow, Great Wilne, Church Wilne, Crich, Smalley, Morley, Weston and Aston-on-Trent. Under this charter Æþelræd gave his minister a number of rights that made him free from tax and to his own rule within the manor.[3]

Wilne is still mentioned in the Domesday book as one village in 1086.

Shardlow and Great Wilne were included in the parish of Aston-on-Trent until 1838, when Shardlow constructed its own church.[2]

Local administration[edit]

Great Wilne is part of the civil parish of Shardlow and Great Wilne and the district of South Derbyshire.

Church Wilne[edit]

Church Wilne is registered[by whom?] as an abandoned village, apart from the church however it is the location of St Chad's water. This water was purchased by Draycott district council where it is a nature reserve and a haven for water sports.[4]


  1. ^ a b Image from Wikimedia Commons June 2007
  2. ^ a b Aston on Trent Conservation Area History, South Derbyshire, accessed 25 November 2008
  3. ^ Charter of Æthelred, The Great Council, 1009, accessible at Derby records
  4. ^ Skiing at Church Wilne

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Coordinates: 52°52′26″N 1°20′05″W / 52.8738°N 1.3346°W / 52.8738; -1.3346