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Archives and Libraries

Breadsall is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops by the Memorial Hall on every fourth Thursday afternoon.



  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2494
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726


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


Church History

  • There was a church here at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1056.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • This church appears to date from circa 1150.
  • This church was completely reconstructed about a century later and the large tower added..
  • The church was extensively repaired in 1830 and restored in 1877.
  • The north aisle was repaired in 1902.
  • The church was damaged in 1914 when local suffragettes set the church on fire. The interior was gutted and the damage was repaired in 1915.
  • The church seats 420.
  • An ancient Priory, dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was founded here in the reign of Henry III, but only fragments of the building remained by the late 1800s.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1573, but the years 1592 to 1601 are missing and some later years appear incomplete.
  • Marriages at Breadsall, 1573-1837 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • The Wesleyan Methodist built a chapel here in 1826. This was converted to a private residence some time before 2004.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BREADSALL is a parish (having no dependent township) in the hundred of Appletree, though locally situate in that of Morleston and Litchurch; about three miles N.N.E. from Derby, and the like distances. S.S.E. from Duffield. The church, which is dedicated to All Saints, is a large and handsome edifice, with a lofty needle spire, which forms a prominent object for a considerable distance around."

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

The parish lies 145 miles north of London and covers 2,300 acres.

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Historical Geography

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



  • There is a brief history of Breadsall and some photographs at the Derby Photos website.

Military History


Military Records

A local Solicitor, Woodforde B. WOODFORDE, is listed as a resident here in 1891 and 1911. Directories tell us he was a Colonel, but don't give a military unit.

For a photograph of the Breadsall War Memorial and the list of names on it, see the Roll of Honour site.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Breadsall Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed nor funded to provide family history searches. Their web site does give access to information about local clubs and the village hall. At last check (2012), the local history page was incomplete.
  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings every Friday.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1837 for 100 boys and girls and 20 infants.