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St Lawrence Church, Shottle.
Shottle is located in Derbyshire
Shottle shown within Derbyshire
Population 266 (201)
OS grid reference SK311497
Civil parish
  • Shottle and Postern
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BELPER
Postcode district DE56
Police Derbyshire
Fire Derbyshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
List of places
53°02′38″N 1°32′13″W / 53.044°N 1.537°W / 53.044; -1.537Coordinates: 53°02′38″N 1°32′13″W / 53.044°N 1.537°W / 53.044; -1.537

Shottle is a village roughly 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Belper, Derbyshire England. The population of the civil parish (Shottle and Postern) at the 2011 Census was 266.[1]

In Norman times, the manor of Shottle, referred to as "Sothille" in the Domesday Survey, belonged to the Ferrers[2] family.

In 1086, the book notes that

"In Shottle and Wallstone Gamal had six carucates of land to the geld. There is land for as many ploughs. There are now one ploughs in demesne and three villans and three bordars having one ploughs and five acres of meadow. Woodland pasture 3 and a half leagues by one and a half leagues. (TRE[3] worth ten shillings now ten shillings. Godric holds it"[4]

Shottle Park was one of the seven parks within Duffield Frith.[5] The gate at its south east corner is still known as Shottle Gate. To the south was the much smaller Postern Park. The present day parish is known as Shottle and Postern.

It was annexed to the Duchy of Lancaster after the rebellion by Robert de Ferrers, 6th Earl of Derby. It is thought to have passed to the Earl of Shrewsbury during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. It was sold in 1630 by Philip, Earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, to Christian, the wife of William Cavendish, 2nd Earl of Devonshire.[6]

Whilst some way out of the village itself, Shottle has its own railway station - called Shottle after Shottle Hall which is nearby. The station, which is on the Wirksworth Branch, was closed in 1947 to passengers and the building is owned by Peak Oil Ltd. The railway line is being reopened to passengers as the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Henry de Ferrers held a considerable number of manors including a large number in Derbyshire given to him by the King. These included obviously Shottle, but also included Barrow upon Trent, Chellaston, Etwall, Hatton, Osmaston[disambiguation needed], Normanton, Derbyshire, Spondon and Swarkestone
  3. ^ TRE in Latin is Tempore Regis Edwardi. This means in the time of King Edward before the Battle of Hastings.
  4. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.745
  5. ^ Turbutt, G., (1999) A History of Derbyshire. Volume 2: Medieval Derbyshire, Cardiff: Merton Priory Press
  6. ^ Daniel and Samuel Lysons (1817) Magna Britannia: volume 5 Pages 129-142 'Parishes: Doveridge - Duffield', Date accessed: 24 October 2007.

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