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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

"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.


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.