"BRAILSFORD is rather a considerable village, in the parish of its name, and hundred of Appletree; situate on the main road between Derby and Ashbourn, equidistant from each place. Coaches to different parts of the kingdom are continually passing through here, and the support of the village is chiefly derived from that circumstance - there being no manufactures, nor any extensive trade existing here. The places of worship are the parish church, and a chapel for Wesleyan methodists; the former, which is situate, about half a mile from the village, is dedicated to All-Saints, and the living is a rectory, in the patronage of Earl Ferrers. The parish (which has no dependent township) contained, in 1821, 724 inhabitants, & in 1831, 780."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
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