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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

You can see pictures of Bretby which are provided by:
"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.



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.