Open a form to report problems or contribute information

1 Introduction 2 Message details 3 Upload file 4 Submitted

Help and advice for Bradbourne

If you have found a problem on this page then please report it on the following form. We will then do our best to fix it. If you are wanting advice then the best place to ask is on the area's specific email lists. All the information that we have is in the web pages, so please do not ask us to supply something that is not there. We are not able to offer a research service.

If you wish to report a problem, or contribute information, then do use the following form to tell us about it.




  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2521 thru 2524
1891 R.G. 12 / 2756


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Bradbourne area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The churchyard contained a Saxon cross from the year 800, but it had broken and the pieces were moved inside the church.
  • There was a Saxon church here at the Domesday Survey of 1068. Jonathan CLITHEROE has a photograph of the Saxon Cross on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2010.
  • The church existed in 1205.
  • The church was completely restored in 1846.
  • The church seats 205.
  • Ann B. has a nice photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2006.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1720.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Brassington sub-district ofthe Ashbourne Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BRADBORNE, (or Bradbourne) a parish in the hundreds of Appletree and Wirksworth, in the county of Derby, 5 miles to the N. of Ashbourne. Wirksworth is its post town. It comprises the chapelries of Atlow, Ballidon, and Brassington; the township of Aldwark, and the hamlet of Lea Hall. Limestone is abundant in the district. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value with the perpetual curacy of Ballidon annexed to it, of £119, in the patronage of the Duke of Devonshire."

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

The parish covers over 9,966 acres and includes the townships of Bradbourn, Aldwark, Ballidon, Brassington, and the hamlet of Lea Hall.

You can see pictures of Bradbourne which are provided by:





  • The transcription of the section for Bradborne from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin HINSON.
  • John Marius WILSON's "Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1870-72," tells us:.
"BRADBOURNE, a township in Ashborne district, and a parish in Ashborne and Bakewell districts, Derby. The township lies on an affluent of the river Dove, 5 miles NNE of Ashborne r. station. Real property, £2,733. Pop., 144. Houses, 28.—The parish contains also the townships of Brassington, Ballidon, and Aldwark, the hamlet of Lea-Hall, and the chapelry of Atlow; and its Post Town is Brassington, under Wirksworth. Acres, 6,253. Real property, £13,699. Pop., 1,187. Houses, 248. The property is subdivided. Bradbourne Hall is a chief residence. Tissington Hall is the seat of Sir William Fitzherbert, Bart. Limestone is abundant. Roman coins have been found. The living is a vicarage, united with the p. curacy of Ballidon, in the diocese of Lichfield. Value, £119. Patron, the Duke of Devonshire. The church has a Norman tower, and is good. The chapelries of Brassington and Atlow are separate benefices. Charities, £21."

Ask for a calculation of the distance from Bradbourne to another place.

Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

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



Robert HOWL has a photograph of "The Hall" on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2012.


Military History

  • Bradbourne is one of the Thankful Villages of England, having suffered no losses during World War I. It is the only village in Derbyshire to bear this title.
  • Eamon CURRY has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in Sept., 2010. Although often referred to as a War Memorial, it appears to be a Millenium Memorial erected by the village for Queen Victoria's Jubilee,
  • There is a Commonwealth War Grave in the churchyard for a Private D. HOLMES who was from the neighboring village of Aldwark, son of James R. and Sarah Ann HOLMES.

Politics and Government

  • The place was an ancient parish in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was partly in the ancient Wirksworth Hundred (or Wapentake) and partly in the Appletree Hundred.
  • Aldwark township was split off as a separate Civil Parish in 1866.
  • This parish is a member of the Derbyshire Dales District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Ashbourne petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, Aldwarke Township became a member of the Bakewell Poorlaw Union.