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  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2525
1881 R.G. 11 / 3429
1891 R.G. 12 / 2757


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Brackenfield area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church History

  • The parish was a Chepelry in Morton until 1844.

  • In Sept., 1844, a new ecclesiastical parish was formed from Morton's church parish.

  • The Anglican parish chapel was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and was disused by 1891.

  • A new Holy Trinity Church was built near the village green in 1856.

  • The church seats 230.

  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Church Gate on Geo-graph, taken in December, 1999.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1845 (for the chapel) and 1857 (for the church).

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials (partially) extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.

  • The Free (United) Methodists built a chapel here in 1890.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Brackenfield which are provided by:
"BRACKENFIELD, a township in the parish of Morton, hundred of Scarsdale, in the county of Derby, 4 miles to the E. of Matlock. Alfreton is its post town. The Midland railway runs near it. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, worth £52, in the patronage of the Rector of Morton. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Ogston Reservoir, fed by the River Amber, is a prominent place in this parish, just north of the village.



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brackenfield has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK373589 (Lat/Lon: 53.125953, -1.444040), Brackenfield which are provided by:

Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2000.

  • Trevor RICKARD also has a photograph of the War Memorial from a distance on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Morton parish in Derbyshire and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.