Chaddesden, also known locally as Chad, is a large residential suburb of Derby, United Kingdom. Historically a separate village centred on Chaddesden Hall and the 14th century St. Mary's Church, the area was significantly expanded by 20th century housing developments, and was incorporated into Derby in 1968.

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Wood Road, April 2007
Chaddesden is located in Derbyshire
Location within Derbyshire
Population13,413 [1]
OS grid referenceSK377371
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDERBY
Postcode districtDE21
Dialling code01332
AmbulanceEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°55′48″N 1°26′18″W / 52.93011°N 1.438344°W / 52.93011; -1.438344Coordinates: 52°55′48″N 1°26′18″W / 52.93011°N 1.438344°W / 52.93011; -1.438344


There is evidence of Roman settlement such as Nottingham Road, a Roman road.

The old village, recorded in Domesday Book as "Cedesene",[2] is situated two and a half miles east of the city. In 1086 it was a manor in the possession of Henry de Ferrers[3] and was worth the sum of three pounds.

The focal point of the village is probably the ancient church of St. Mary's. It is important as a dated example of church architecture before the advent of the perpendicular style. It was rebuilt by Henry Chaddesden, Archdeacon of Leicester, around 1357. The tall and spacious chancel running from its nave and aisle, dates from this period. Its west tower is perpendicular in style with its big west door and window. Restoration work on the chancel was carried out in 1857 by G. Place.

The Corporation of Derby acquired much of the land when it came up for sale in the 1930s by the Wilmot family, and started to build houses on it. The shopping area on Nottingham Road was developed around the same time as was Chaddesden Park Hotel. Chaddesden soon became the largest suburb of Derby.


The area is covered by the Chaddesden ward of Derby City Council. The ward has three councillors, elected in successive years. Following the May 2019 elections, the ward has three Conservative councillors.[4]

Chaddesden has been part of the Derby North parliamentary constituency since the seat's creation in 1950.

Chaddesden was formerly a civil parish within Shardlow Rural District before being absorbed by the then county borough of Derby.


Chaddesden lies to the east of Derby city centre, with the A52 road forming its southern boundary. It is bordered by the wards of Spondon, Oakwood and Derwent with Erewash to the north. The Chaddesden Brook runs southwest through Chaddesden Park towards the River Derwent.


The population at the 2011 census was 13,413, with 93.7% White British (compared to 75.3% for Derby as a whole).[1]


The area is primarily residential, with some retail development. Wyvern Retail Park has a Sainsbury's superstore incorporating an Argos store, Homebase, Halfords, Mothercare, Boots, Carpet Right, Next , Home Bargains and a 24 Hour McDonald's.

Culture and communityEdit

Public facilities in Chaddesden include a public library, and a 22 hectares (54 acres) park. Chaddesden village centre has many amenities including a Tesco Express, Aldi, Pizza Hut, Lidl and locally famous 3 Chefs takeaway plus numerous other takeaways including Chinese, Indian and Fish and Chips, an estate agency, chemist, vets, travel agent, newsagent, hairdresser, optician, two public houses and a 29-bedroom hotel.

Chaddesden Wood and Lime Lane Wood have been designated a Local Nature Reserve.[5][6]


The Wilmot family lived at Chaddesden Hall, which was demolished in the 1920s when the Wilmot family sold its estate. The grounds are a well used park. The lodge and the entrance to the grave yard on Nottingham Road were designed by H.I. Stevens around 1854. The Wilmot family name still appears in the names of local businesses, including the Wilmot Service Station on Morley Road and the Wilmot Arms Public House at the junction of Morley Road, Chaddesden Lane and Wood Road.


There is a bus service on Nottingham Road, and cycling Regional Route 66 passes through the area. Derby railway station is 2-3km away.


Schools in Chaddesden include Lees Brook Community School (secondary school/college), Chaddesden Park Primary School, Cherrytree Hill Primary School, Meadowfarm School and Cavendish Close School. Roe Farm Primary School.

Religious sitesEdit

St Mary's Church was rebuilt by Henry Chaddesden, Archdeacon of Leicester, in approximately 1347;[7] the chancel dates from this period. It has an ornate rood screen and an unusual chalice shaped font, believed to be over 600 years old. There are monuments to the Wilmot family who were local landlords. In the church yard is a small mound, where six almshouses used to stand. They had been founded by Robert Wilmot.

St. Mark's Church on Francis Street was built in 1938 by Naylor & Sale, and St. Philip's Church on Taddington Road was built in 1955 by S.W. Milburn to service an ever-expanding population. The bell in St. Philip's came from Derwent Woodlands church in Derwent village, which was "drowned" in the 1940s with the building of Ladybower Reservoir (near Bamford).


There is a children's play area in the park as well as facilities for sports like cricket and football. Lees Brook School is a specialist school of physical education, and also contains facilities for the children.

Notable peopleEdit

Colonel Sir Henry Wilmot received the VC for bravery. He was born and is buried here.[8]

Sir Henry Fowler Railway Engineer, buried in the Nottingham Road Cemetery.


  1. ^ a b "Chaddesden Profile 2011/12" (PDF). Derby council. p. 16–17. Archived from the original (pdf) on 4 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2016.
  2. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.1326
  3. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.748
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Chaddesden Wood and Lime Lane Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Map of Chaddesden Wood and Lime Lane Wood". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  7. ^ "Established c.1347 AD". Retrieved 22 November 2012.
  8. ^ Derbyshire at Archived 17 July 2007 at the Wayback Machine Accessed June 2007

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