Morley, Derbyshire

Morley, Derbyshire

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Morley is a civil parish within the area of Erewash Borough Council in the English county of Derbyshire, north of Derby

It is on the eastern side of Morley Moor, with Morley Smithy to the north. The parish church of St Matthew stands near the (converted) Tithe Barn and dovecote of Morley HallPevsner, Nikolaus. 1986. The Buildings of England:Derbyshire. pp 283-284. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin. ISBN 0-14-071008-6. The church features a wall of stained glass depicting the story of Robert of Knaresborough along the north aisle which came from Dale Abbey in 1539, home of the fine Sacheverell tombs.


In 1009 Æþelræd Unræd (King Ethelred the Unready) signed a charter at the Great Council which recognised the position and boundaries of Westune. The land described in that charter included the lands now known as Shardlow, Great Wilne, Church Wilne, Crich, Morley, Smalley, Weston and Aston-on-Trent. Under this charter Æþelræd gave his minister, Morcar, a number of rights that made him free from tax and to his own rule within the manor.

Morley was mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Henry de FerrersHenry was given a large number of manors in Derbyshire including Doveridge, Swarkestone, Sinfin and Breadsall. and having...
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