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  • 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 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 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.

  • There is a photograph of St. Michael's Church, and other buildings, at the Derbyshire Photos website.

  • The church seats 420.

  • 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

You can see pictures of Holbrook which are provided by:
"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. There is a good description of Holbrook at Derbyshire Life.



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.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK364449 (Lat/Lon: 53.000171, -1.459068), Holbrook which are provided by:

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.