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  • The parish was in the Spondon sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2493
1891 R.G. 12 / 2726


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


Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
  • The church was enlarged and repaired in 1835.
  • The church seats 400.
  • Andrew ABBOTT has a photograph of a dark and dismal All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2010.
  • Stephen McKAY has a photograph of a portion of All Saints' Church on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2011.
  • A mission chapel, dedicated to Saint Stephen, was built in Borrowash in 1889-90.
  • During the 18th and 19th century, Ockbrook was a major centre of Moravian worship:
"At the village of Ockbrook, five miles from Derby, the Brethren built another beautiful settlement. For some years, with Ockbrook as a centre, they had a clear field for work in the surrounding district; they had preaching places at Eaton, Belper, Codnor, Matlock, Wolverhampton, Sheffield, Dale, and other towns and villages; and yet not a single one of these places ever developed into a congregation."

(A History of the Moravian Church, J. E. HUTTON, 1909)

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1642, but the period between 1662 and 1669 is "irregular".
  • Marriages at Ockbrook, 1631-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • A Wesleyan Methodist chapel was built here in 1808.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built here in 1824 and enlarged in 1842.
  • The Primitive Methodists had a chapel built at Borrowash in 1851.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"OCKBROOK is a parish, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch; the village is about two miles E. from Spondon, and about five E. by S. from Derby. This place partakes with Spondon in the manufacture of bobbin-net and lace. At a short distance from the village is an establishment of the Moravians, founded in 1750; the females, who are employed in fine muslin work, occupy a building, called the 'sisters' house', separated from that inhabited by the single men by a commodious chapel and a boarding-school. The parish church, dedicated to All Saints, is chiefly in the Norman style of architecture. A place of worship for Wesleyan methodists, and a national school, the latter erected in 1816, are in the village. The parish (which has no dependent township), contained, in 1821, 1,203 inhabitants, and in 1831, 1,634."

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

The parish is near the Derby Canal, 5 miles east of Derby city and 130 miles north of London. It covers over 1,600 acres and includes the village of Borrowash and the hamlet of Shacklecross (alternately spelled Shachlecross).

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Historical Geography

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  • The annual parish feast day was historically the Sunday nearest to November 13th.

Migration, Internal

  • Those checking migrations might also wish to be aware that Ockbrook had "sister" community at Fulneck, Pudsey (YKS).

Military History

  • A marble and Caen stone monument to Lieut. Charles HEARSEY was erected in the old boarding school. The Lieutenant fell in the Cheardeh Valley campaign near Cabul (Kabul) in 1879.
  • During World War One, there was a VAD Red Cross Hospital here.
  • There is a photograph of the War Memorial on WW1-Yorkshire (for some reason).
  • The Traces of War website tells us that there are 5 Commonwealth War Graves from World War I and one from World War II in All Saints churchyard.

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in county Derby and became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Ockbrook and Borrowash regarding civic and political issues, but they are NOT staffed to provide family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.