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Archives and Libraries

Breaston village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at Stevens Lane every fourth Friday just after 2pm.



  • Breaston has a cemetery, called Longmoor, with a mortuary chapel. The webpage author could find no history of the cemetery.
  • The Derybhsire Record Office has a list of Breaston burials for 1924-2001.
  • David LALLY has a photograph of Breaston Cemetery Chapel at Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.



  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow registration district.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2491
1881 R.G. 11 / 3389
1891 R.G. 12 / 2723


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


Church History

  • For centuries, this place was a Chapelry of Sawley, and the chapel may have been here since 1250.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • This church was built in 1350.
  • The church was restored in 1840 and again in 1871.
  • The church seats 250.
  • There is a photograph of St. Michael's Church at Panaramio.
  • David LALLY has a photograph of St. Michael's Church at Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1750.
  • Marriages at Breaston, 1719-1810 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • During construction, the churchyard was closed and burials were done at Wilne.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • The United Methodists and Primitive Methodists had chapels here prior to 1912.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"BREASTON is a village and township, in the parish of Sawley, nearly eight miles E.S.E. from Derby. The chapel here, under the establishment, is dedicated to St. Michael, and the living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to that of Risley, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the prebendary of Sawley, in the cathedral church of Lichfield. The township contained, at the last census, 642 inhabitants."

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

Stephen McKAYY has a photograph of a Breaston sign on the village green at Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.

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Historical Geography

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


Military History


Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial inside St. Michael's Church. A photograph and the names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • 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.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.