Risley, Derbyshire

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All Saints' Church, Risley
Grid reference: SK458356
Location: 52°54’59"N, 1°19’10"W
Population: 711  (2011)
Post town: Derby
Postcode: DE72
Dialling code: 0115
Local Government
Council: Erewash

Risley is a small village in the east of Derbyshire, almost midway between Derby and Nottingham, near junction 25 of the M1 motorway, and the A52. The village is just over four miles south of Ilkeston. It is barely separated from Sandiacre, adjacent to the east, and the unbroken townscape stretching along the west bank of the River Erewash at the county border.

The population of the civil parish as of the 2011 census was 711.

In 1870, Risley had a population of 203, at which time there was a grammar school that served seven neighbouring parishes.[1]

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 village pub is the Risley Park formerly the Blue Ball[2] on Derby Road


All Saints' Church was built in Elizabethan times by members of the Willoughby family, who had acquired Risley in 1350 and who also founded a free school in the village.

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.[1] The manor was held by Sir Hugh Willoughby, the navigator,[3] 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, Risley Hall.

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.[1]


  • Cricket: Risley Cricket Club (with a history back to 1872)[4] The club's ground and pavilion is 200 yards up the track, off the Derby Road, behind Treetops Hospice.[5]
  • Golf: Maywood Golf Club, opened in 1990[6] as a 9-hole course, and was then extended to an 18-hole course in 1992.[7] The 72-par course closed permanently on 31 March 2019.[8]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870
  2. Risley Park
  3. Pigot's Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, 1828/9, accessed 5 May 2008
  4. Breakwell, Keith (1994). The History of Cricket in Long Eaton, Sandiacre & Sawley. ISBN 978-0-9521-4371-0. 
  5. "About Us". Risley Cricket Club. http://www.risley.play-cricket.com/Aboutus. Retrieved 10 January 2021. 
  6. "Maywood Golf Club". English Golf Courses. https://www.englishgolf-courses.co.uk/derbyshire/maywood.php. Retrieved 10 January 2021. 
  7. "Maywood Golf Club". Today's Golfer. 11 July 2017. https://www.todaysgolfer.co.uk/courses/united-kingdom/england/midlands/derbyshire/maywood-golf-club/. Retrieved 10 January 2021. 
  8. Harper, Christopher (3 September 2018). "Why this Derbyshire golf club is closing after more than a decade". Derby Telegraph. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/derby-news/derbyshire-golf-club-closing-after-1964480. Retrieved 10 January 2021.