Boulton, Derby

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Boulton is located in Derbyshire
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District Derby
Shire county Derbyshire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town DERBY
Postcode district DE24
Dialling code 01332
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament South Derbyshire[1]
(Derby South from the next general election)[1]
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Coordinates: 52°53′22″N 1°25′54″W / 52.889435°N 1.431656°W / 52.889435; -1.431656

Boulton is a suburb and local government ward of the city of Derby, England, and is located about four miles to the south-east of Derby city centre. It is closely associated with the neighbouring suburb of Alvaston with which it shares its postal code and postal area address. This can be confusing and often hides the separate identity of Boulton.

The land at Boulton is recorded as belonging to Ralph fitzHubery in 1086.[2] Boulton is represented on Derby City Council by three councillors. It has an Anglican church dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin, a Baptist church and a Grade II listed building called Nunsfield House.


Hundreds of years ago, most of the area consited of fields and farmland area.

The Anglican Church[edit]

The Anglican church, more usually called Boulton St. Mary's,[3] was built about the year 1090 by the Sacheverell family who were owners of the Manor of Boulton at that time.[citation needed] Following a long period of dispute the church became a chapel of ease in 1281 to St. Peter's in Derby, this being brought about by the ambitions of the all-powerful abbot of Darley Abbey. The church is now within the Diocese of Derby. The lychgate which forms the main entrance to the churchyard on Boulton Lane is a war memorial to those of the parish who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914 to 1919. The church has been altered and extended during its long history but still retains some of the original Norman fabric.[4]

Nunsfield House[edit]

Nunsfield House, also on Boulton Lane, was built in 1828 by Mr Charles Holbrook and after subsequent owners and tenants it passed into the hands of Derbyshire County Council and later still (1996) to Derby City Council.[5] The house is used for community purposes and in 1935 a community hall called the Jubilee Room was added. A small and cramped outbuilding was used as the local library for about 50 years, and, despite the difficult accommodation, the library was extremely popular. A modern library with computer terminals and Internet access is now available and located in the main Alvaston shopping centre.

Boulton Moor[edit]

Boulton Moor is a distinct, highly sought-after area. Part of this area is outside the city boundary and is in the civil parish of Elvaston in South Derbyshire.

A Site of Special Scientific Interest known as Boulton Moor SSSI[6] is situated in the agricultural land which borders the residential area of Boulton.


  1. ^ a b "Ordnance Survey Election Maps website". Ordnance Survey. 
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.752
  3. ^ [1] Boulton St Mary's Website
  4. ^ [2] Boulton Church History Site
  5. ^ Derbyshire Life and Countryside May 2003, XIV: Nunsfield House, Boulton by Maxwell Craven
  6. ^ Boulton SSSI