Risley, Derbyshire

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All Saints Risley.jpg
All Saints' church
Risley is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population711 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK458356
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDERBY
Postcode districtDE72
Dialling code0115 9
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°54′58″N 1°19′12″W / 52.916°N 1.320°W / 52.916; -1.320Coordinates: 52°54′58″N 1°19′12″W / 52.916°N 1.320°W / 52.916; -1.320

Risley is a small village and parish[1] in Erewash in the English county of Derbyshire. The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 711.[2] It is just over four miles south of Ilkeston. Sandiacre is adjacent to the east.

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.[3]


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. 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 formerly the Blue Ball[4] 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.[3] The manor was held by Sir Hugh Willoughby, the navigator,[5] who sailed on 10 May 1553, with three ships, in search of the 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.[3]


  1. ^ Risley Parish Council
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870
  4. ^ Risley Park
  5. ^ Pigot's Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, 1828/9, accessed 5 May 2008

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