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Help and advice for Melbourne

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Melbourne

Archives and Libraries

Bibliography

  • HEATH, Philip - John Joseph Briggs's Diary. Published by The Melbourne Historical Research Group. ISBN 0-903463-78-4.

Cemeteries

  • The cemetery of 3 acres was laid out shortly before 1860. Now known as the Packhouse Road Cemetery, it was and still is under the control of the Burial Board of the Parish Council.
     
  • John SLATER has a photograph of the Melbourne Cemetery Chapel on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.
     
  • Malcom NEAL has a photograph of the Melbourne Cemetery on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2017.

Census

  • The parish was the centre of the Melbourne sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2489
1891 R.G. 12 / 2720

Churches

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

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
     
  • The Chantry of Saint Catherine was founded in 1379 near the church.
     
  • Sheral WOOD has a photograph of Melbourne Parish Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.

Church Records

  • We have a pop-up window of Melbourne burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
     
  • Marriages at Melbourne, 1653-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
     
  • The parish was in the rural deanery of Melbourne.
     
  • The old churchyard was closed to new burials in 1860.
     
  • The Independents built a chapel here in 1779 and enlarged it in 1841.
     
  • The Swedenborgians built a chapel in 1825. This was replaced by a new chapel in Derby Road in 1864.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel in 1826.
     
  • Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.
     
  • Andrew ABBOTT has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Church Street on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2015.
     
  • The Baptists built a chapel in Chapman Street in 1709.
     
  • We also have a pop-up window of Melbourne Baptist burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
     
  • The Baptists built a Mission Halll in Derby Road in 1908.
     
  • The Catholic Church of Our Lady of Mercy in Church Street was built in 1908. Ian CALDERWOOD has a photograph of Our Lady of Mercy on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2010.
     
  • David BEVIS has a photograph of the United Reformed Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was the centre of the Melbourne sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"MELBOURN is a parish, in the hundred of Repton and Gresley. The village, which is a considerable one, and of some antiquity, is situate seven miles and a half S.S.E. from Derby, and about six N.N.E. from Ashby-de-la-Zouch. Camden notices this place as having a castle, wherein John Duke of Bourbon, of the blood royal of France, was incarcerated nine years, having been taken prisoner at the battle of Agincourt."

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

Melbourne is also a small town and a township in the parish of the same name. The parish lies 126 miles north of London. King's Norton is a hamlet in the parish, one mile north of Melbourne.

You can see pictures of Melbourne which are provided by:

Directories

Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

History

  • The parish used to hold a Hiring and Pleasure Fair on each October 10th.
     
  • John Duke of Bourbon, of the blood royal of France, was incarcerated here for nine years, having been taken prisoner at the battle of Agincourt.
     
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of the Plaque commemorating Thomas COOK on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.
     
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of the Lamb Inn on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.
     
  • John SLATER has a photograph of Ye Olde Pack Horse public house on the north edge of Melbourne on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2014.

Manors

  • David LALLY has a photograph of Melbourne Hall on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.
     
  • Trevor RICKARD also has a photograph of Melbourne Hall on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2012.

Military History

  • In 1912, Melbourne Hall was the property and residence of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Walter Talbot KERR, G.C.B.
     
  • Diane DIXON has a photograph of the Melbourne War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in September, 2015. The Monument is on the south edge of the city near Melbourne Hall.
     
  • The Traces of War website tells that there are 11 Commonwealth War Graves in the cemetery for World War i and 11 for World War II as well.
     
  • Nine men of the Royal Engineers were killed on 11 July 1940 when a bomb struck. Eight are buried in Melbourne Cemetery.
     
  • The BBC tells us: "The soldiers involved had been working on building the Melbourne military railway at the time of the blast."

Military Records

These are the Commonwealth War Graves for WWI:

  1. gunner George ARGYLE, age 38, Royal Garrison Artillery
  2. private H. J. BARKER, age 22, Royal Scots
  3. private F. ENSOR, age 35, Royal Army Service Corps
  4. serjeant William GARRATT, age 32, Royal Garrison Artillery
  5. private Wallace HATTON, age 23, Sherwood Foresters
  6. driver Philip V. JACKSON, age 20, Army Service Corps
  7. private E. MILLS, Sherwood Foresters
  8. lance corporal A. PIPES, age 30, Army Service Corps
  9. private J. ROBEY, age 39, Durham Light Infantry
  10. private R. STONE, Sherwood Foresters
  11. private J TIVEY, Sherwood Foresters
  12. private G. TURNER, age 23, Sherwood Foresters

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
     
  • This parish was in the ancient Repton and Greasley Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • You may contact the Melbourne Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
     
  • 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, which were held every four weeks at the Melbourne Hotel.
     
  • The parish had 14 almshouse in High Street built by Mr. Thomas COOK (the travel and excursion fellow) in 1890-91. Trevor RICKARD has a photgraph of the Thomas Cook Memorial Cottages on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2009.
     
  • Jerry EVANS has a photograph of the Thomas Cook Memorial Plaque on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2008.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.

Schools

  • "The grammar school at Melbourne, to be supervised by the chantry priest of St. Katherine, was founded by the will of Sir Ralph Shirley, dated 10 March 1514 (VCHD 2,207)."
    (Ref: A History of Derbyshire, Gladwyn TURBUTT, 1999; VCHD=The Victoria History of the County of Derby)
     
  • Melbourne School on High Street (mixed and infants) was built in 1897 to hold 500 students.
     
  • The Church Street School (infants) was built in 1884 and enlarged in 1894 to hold 125 boys and 125 girls.
     
  • The Penn Lane School was founded here in 1738 and rebuilt here in 18221.