"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.
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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.
"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)