Longford

Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

LONGFORD, a parish in the hundred of APPLETREE, county of DERBY, comprising the townships of Alkmonton, Hollington, and Longford, the liberty of Hungry-Bentley, and the hamlet of Rodsley, and containing 1264 inhabitants, of which number, 573 are in the township of Longford, 6 miles (S. by E.) from Ashbourn. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Derby, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, rated in the king's books at £3. 8. 9., and in the patronage of Thomas William Coke, Esq.

The church, dedicated to St. Chad, has some portions in the Norman style of architecture, and three stone stalls in the chancel. In 1688, Dame Catherine Coke bequeathed land for the education and apprenticing of poor children: the income is £20 per annum; twenty poor boys are instructed by a master, and other children by a schoolmistress. In 1687, Sir Robert Coke, Bart., founded an almshouse for six poor men or women, and endowed it with £55 per annum, £10 of which is paid to the vicar, whose duty it is to read prayers to the almspeople. The foundations of some ancient religious house may be traced at Alkmonton.

HOLLINGTON, a township in the parish of LONGFORD, hundred of APPLETREE, county of DERBY, 5 miles (S.E. by S.) from Ashbourn, containing 314 inhabitants. Joseph Holme, in 1768, bequeathed a small sum for teaching children. Hollington is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s.

RODSLEY, a hamlet in the parish of LONGFORD, hundred of APPLETREE, county of DERBY, 4 miles (S.S.E.) from Ashbourn, containing 208 inhabitants. It is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. A school is supported by a trifling bequest from Lady Coke, and some small annual subscriptions.

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