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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 or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The parish was a Chapelry of Morton until 1844. 
  • By the middle of the fifteenth century a chapel of ease dedicated to the Holy Trinity had been built on the Highoredish ridge on the western boundary of the parish.
  • 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 history of the old parish chapel can be found at Alison Merrick's Blog.
  • 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.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Lych Gate on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

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

"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.

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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.



In 1958-60 the Ogston Reservoir was constructed in the Amber Valley just north of the village. A number of houses in that area were demolished before the construction began, including the pub known as “Napoleon’s Home” at Woolley Moor and the former Amber Valley Camp School.


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).
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but do NOT ask them for help with family history questions.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.


In 1845, a Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here for 100 children. It was enlarged in 1890 for up to 133 children.  This school closed in the late 1940s and was converted by the local parish council into a Village Hall.