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  • 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 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 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.

  • There is a photogrph of St. Wystan's Church at Geograph.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1766 (and appears to be only baptisms).

  • The church was in the rural deanery of Repton.

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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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.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK293230 (Lat/Lon: 52.803741, -1.566828), Bretby which are provided by:

Politics and Government

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.