Risley, Derbyshire

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Coordinates: 52°54′58″N 1°19′12″W / 52.916°N 1.320°W / 52.916; -1.320

Risley
All Saints Risley.jpg
All Saints church
Risley is located in Derbyshire
Risley
Risley
 Risley shown within Derbyshire
OS grid reference SK458356
District Erewash
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE72
Dialling code 0115 9
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Erewash
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Risley is a small village and parish[1] in Erewash in the English county of Derbyshire. It is just over four miles south of Ilkeston. Sandiacre is next door to the east.

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It is almost midway between Derby and Nottingham and is near junction 25 of the M1 motorway and the A52. In 1870 it had a population of 203 when there was a grammar school that served seven neighbouring parishes.[2]

History[edit]

All Saints Church was built in Elizabethan times by members of the Willoughby family, who had acquired Risley in 1350 AD and who also founded a free school in the village. Apparently this is rare in that it belongs to a period when most churches were being pulled down rather than being built.[citation needed] Risley is a long thin village with most properties lying on either side of the main road. With the village hall standing on one side of the church and the school on the other, this is the closest one can get to the village "centre". The church belongs to the Stanton group of churches with Dale Abbey and Stanton by Dale. The village pub is the Risley Park formally the Blue Ball[3] on Derby Road

Risley Manor originally belonged to the Mortimers. It passed to the Sheffields and then the Willoughbys and, in 1870, it belonged to J. L. Ffytche.[2] The manor was held by Sir Hugh Willoughby, the navigator,[4] who sailed on 10 May 1553, with three ships, in search of a north-east passage, but was frozen to death with all his crew in the following January. It is now a country house hotel.

A silver vessel known as the Risley Park Lanx, 20 inches by 15, said to have belonged to a church in France in 405, was found near the Hall in 1729.[2]

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