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  • St James, Church St., Church of England


  • The parish was in the Ashbourne Registration District.

  • Census transcriptss are online at Wirksworth.Org.

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

Piece No.
1841 H.0. 107 / 197
1851 H.0. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2524
1871 R.G. 10 / 3602
1891 R.G. 12 / 2756


  • St James, Church St., Church of England

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Brassington 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 Bradbourne until 1881.

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint James (some sources say All Saints).

  • The church is of Norman origin, circa 1200.

  • The church was thoroughly restored in 1880.

  • The church seats 250.

  • There is an excellent photograph of Brassington church on Geograph.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1716, but early years are in poor condition.

  • We have a pop-up window of extracted partial Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Wirksworth.

  • The Independents built a stone chapel here in 1845. This building is now the Village Hall.

  • The Primitive Methodists built a brick chapel here in 1852, replacing one built in 1834.

  • The Wesleyan Reform Methodist chapel was built here before 1891 but was demolished in 2007.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Ashbourne Registration District.

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Brassington which are provided by:
"BRASSINGTON, a township and village, in the parish of Bradbourn, and in the hundred of Wirksworth, is four miles N.W. from the last named town, and contains about 700 inhabitants, principally in agricultural employment."

[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]

There is a nice set of photographs of Brassington at the LeighB site.



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brassington 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 SK231542 (Lat/Lon: 53.084506, -1.656580), Brassington which are provided by:

Military History

  • T. K. BREAKELL was a local lad who went on to serve in World War One in the Royal Flying Corps. You should find his Biography quite interesting.

  • The parish has the remains of a Regional Operations Center both above and below ground. These are now part of British Heritage for protection.

  • Robert HALL has photographs of the R. O. C. on Flickr, dated May, 2006.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county and it was incorporated as a separate, modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.

  • There is also a Brassington township, contiguous with this parish. Some Poorlaw records are organized by township.

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

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard at the Wirksworth petty session hearings.

  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1803.

  • The parish bought an old inn in 1820 and converted into a parish workhouse. It was used until 1848, when the Ashbourne Poorlaw Union took over this function.