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Stellasphere Denby 298622 b72c2e3b.jpg
The Stellarsphere in the John Flamsteed Memorial Park
Denby is located in Derbyshire
Denby shown within Derbyshire
Population 2,190 (2011)[1]
OS grid reference SK386470
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town RIPLEY
Postcode district DE5
Dialling code 01332, 01773
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
53°01′11″N 1°25′31″W / 53.01974°N 1.42531°W / 53.01974; -1.42531Coordinates: 53°01′11″N 1°25′31″W / 53.01974°N 1.42531°W / 53.01974; -1.42531

Denby is a village in the English county of Derbyshire that is notable as the birthplace of John Flamsteed, England's first Astronomer Royal, and the location of the Denby Pottery Company. The population at the 2001 Census was 1,827,[2] increasing to 2,190 at the 2011 Census.


Denby is 3 miles (4.8 km) east from Belper and 8 miles (13 km) north of Derby. Denby is home to a secondary school which is named after John Flamsteed.[3] It was once served by Denby railway station on the Midland Railway Ripley Branch.

There is a memorial garden for John Flamsteed, opposite St Mary the Virgin's Church, which features the stellarsphere which shows the position of the stars and planets overhead at the current time.

The village is commemorated in the hymn tune Denby, composed in 1904 by Charles J. Dale.[4]

Related hamlets[edit]

Denby Common is a hamlet 1 mile to the north east of Denby Village, on the outskirts of Loscoe.

Codnor Breach, another hamlet merges into Denby Common.

Denby Bottles is half a mile to the west of Denby Village.

Together all three with Denby Village, with a small southern area of Marehay in Ripley, are within Denby parish.

Notable people[edit]

In addition to John Flamsteed:

  • Henry Draycott, who became a highly successful judge in Ireland, was born here in 1510 ; he died in Ireland in 1572.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Denby (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "Denby Parish Headcounts, 2001". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  3. ^ School web site, accessed 7 December 2009
  4. ^ "Tune 001204 Denby". Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 

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