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Archives and Libraries

Holbrook is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops by the Village on every fourth Wednesday morning.



  • The parish was in the Horsley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2508
1891 R.G. 12 / 2742


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • The church was built in 1761.
  • The church was rebuilt and enlarged in 1841.
  • A separate ecclesiastical parish was created for this Chapelry in 1863.
  • The church seats 420.
  • There is a photograph of St. Michael's Church, and other buildings, at the Derbyshire Photos website.
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of St. Michael's Church on Geo-graph, taken in 2006.

Church Records

  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials partially extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • The churh was in the rural deanery of Duffield.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Horsley sub-district of the Belper Registration District.
  • Remember that this place did not become a Civil Parish until the start of 1867. Prior to that, Civil Registration records would be under Duffield parish.

Description and Travel

"HOLBROOK is a township, in the parish of Duffield, about 2 miles S.E. from Belper. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in silk stocking weaving. A pit has lately been sunk in the vicinity, the working of which promises a plentiful supply of coal. The chapel is of simple architecture, with a conical spire; the living is a perpetual curacy, in the gift of Wm. Evans, Esq. the lord of the manor. The surrounding country is very picturesque, and fine prospects may be obtained from the adjacent hills. Population, in 1831, 703."

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

The village is five miles north of Derby city. Coxbench is a hamlet in the parish just south of Holbrook village. Holbrook Moor is a village just north of Holbrook village.

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Historical Geography

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



  • A Roman kiln was discovered in Holbrook village.
  • The village had an outbreak of Typhus in late 1846, killing several children.

Medical Records

The Derbyshire and General Infirmary Convalescent Home was here in 1891.  In 1911, the Infirmary had twelve residents. The Infirmary had been established in 1810 and a new facility built here in 1899. Such facilities were not obliged to archive any patient records, but administrative records and some death records are available in the county library and via the National Archives.

The Derbyshire County Library has annual reports from this facility as recently as 1939. These reports may mention staff names, but the web page author has not looked at one.


Military History

  • The War Memorial cross is just inside the churchyard gate, to the right.
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial on the Pictures of England website.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Duffield parish in Derby county and became a separate modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the Holbrook Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Amber Valley Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Belper petty session hearings every other week.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1790.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became part of the Belper Poorlaw Union.


In 1837 WIlliam EVANS built a school in Holbrook for 200 children.

In 1842 he built a similar school in Holbrook Moor for infants.