Ripley, Derbyshire

town and civil parish in Amber Valley district, Derbyshire, England

Ripley is a town in the English county of Derbyshire.

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Nottingham Road, Ripley
OS grid referenceSK398505
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRIPLEY
Postcode districtDE5
Dialling code01773
UK Parliament
  • Amber Valley
List of places

Earliest historyEdit

Ripley existed in 1086 when it was held by a man called Levenot.[1] In 1251 Henry III said there could be a weekly market here and two annual fairs. In 1291 there were "two water-mills with fish ponds" in Ripley.


The Ripley area has been industrialized since the late 18th century.

One of the earliest companies to take advantage of mineral resources around Ripley was the Butterley Company in 1790. One of the early, and most well known, examples of the work of the company includes the graceful arched roof of St. Pancras Station in London, recently restored as an international rail terminal. A recent Butterley achievement was the design and construction of the Falkirk Wheel which lifts large canal boats.

Notable residentsEdit

  • Bombardier Charles Stone who was awarded the VC was born here.[2]
  • Barnes Wallis, inventor of the 'Bouncing bomb' lived for a time in Ripley. One of the town's parks is named after him.


  • Ripley Mill Hill School, Peasehill
  • Swanwick Hall School, Swanwick Hill, Swanwick
  • John Flamsteed School, Derby Road, Denby


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