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Help and advice for Bretby

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Bretby Crematorium is located on Geary Lane southwest of the village.  it is managed by the South Derbyshire District Council.

There are No memorial stones at Bretby Crematorium, but an online, digital Book of Remembrance can be accessed.

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of Bretby Crematorium on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.

Bretby was performing burials in the churchyard prior to the Reformation.



  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1961
1891 R.G. 12 / 2197


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Wystan.
  • The original "church" here was actually a chapel of ease for Repton.
  • The church was entirely rebuilt in 1878.
  • The church was not licensed for marriages until 1911.
  • The church seats 130.
  • Robert COURT has a photograph of St. Wystan's Church on Geograph, taken in April, 2006.
  • Richard LAW also has a photograph of St. Wystan's Church on Geograph, taken in March, 2013 while there was still some snow on the ground.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1766 (and appears to be only baptisms).
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.
  • David ROGERS has a photograph of the Bretby Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2009.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

Description and Travel

"BRETBY, or Bradby, is a hamlet, in the parish of Repton, about a mile and a half from that village. Bretby Castle, the seat of the Earl of Chesterfield, is here; the scenery around which is very beautiful. The population returns for Bretby include those for MELTON [Ed: a.k.a. Milton] hamlet, together amounting to 325 persons."

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

There is a more current description of Bretby at Derbyshire UK.

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

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Historical Geography

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



Stephen RICHARDS has a photograph of Bretby Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2002. The Hall stands about 1.5 miles southwest of Bretby village.

Bretby Hall was sold on to Derbyshire County Council in 1919 for use as an orthopaedic hospital, opening in 1926. The Hospital was taken over by the National Health Service in 1948 and finally closed in 1997.


Military History

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the War Memorial and village pump on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.


Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Repton parish in Derby county and it was incorporated as a separate modern Civil parish in December, 1866.
  • This place was in the ancient Repton and Gresley Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Bretby Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to help you with family history questions.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Repton petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.


A Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here in 1806 and enlarged a century later in 1906 to hold 90 children. This school has since closed and has been converted to a private residence.

Jonathan THACKER has a photograph of the Old School on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2015.>/p>