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Cemeteries

Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Lych Gate at Holy Trinity Churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in February, 2014.

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Census

  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2147
1861 R.G. 9 / 2525
1881 R.G. 11 / 3429
1891 R.G. 12 / 2757
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Church History

  • The parish was a Chapelry of Morton until 1844. 
     
  • By the middle of the fifteenth century a chapel of ease dedicated to the Holy Trinity had been built on the Highoredish ridge on the western boundary of the parish.
     
  • In September, 1844, a new ecclesiastical parish was formed from Morton's church parish.
     
  • The Anglican parish chapel was dedicated to the Holy Trinity and was disused by 1891.
     
  • A new Holy Trinity Church was built near the village green in 1856.
     
  • The church seats 230.
     
  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of Holy Trinity Church on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.
     
  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the Church Gate on Geo-graph, taken in December, 1999.
     
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1845 (for the chapel) and 1857 (for the church).
     
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials (partially) extracted into a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Alfreton.
     
  • The Free (United) Methodists built a chapel here in 1890.
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Ashover sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
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Description & Travel

"BRACKENFIELD, a township in the parish of Morton, hundred of Scarsdale, in the county of Derby, 4 miles to the E. of Matlock. Alfreton is its post town. The Midland railway runs near it. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, worth £52, in the patronage of the Rector of Morton. The church is dedicated to the Holy Trinity."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

Ogston Reservoir, fed by the River Amber, is a prominent place in this parish, just north of the village.

You can see pictures of Brackenfield which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

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

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History

In 1958-60 the Ogston Reservoir was constructed in the Amber Valley just north of the village. A number of houses in that area were demolished before the construction began, including the pub known as “Napoleon’s Home” at Woolley Moor and the former Amber Valley Camp School.

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Manors

In 1891, Ogston Hall was the seat of William Gladwin TURBUTT esq. J.P. who was lord of the manor and principal landowner.

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK373589 (Lat/Lon: 53.12597, -1.444043), Brackenfield which are provided by:

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Military History

  • Alan HEARDMAN has a photograph of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2000.
     
  • Trevor RICKARD also has a photograph of the War Memorial from a distance on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2010.
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Military Records

  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of the front of the War Memorial on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2012.
     
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Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Morton parish in Derbyshire and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
     
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • You may contact the local Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but do NOT ask them for help with family history questions.
     
  • District Governance is provided by the North East Derbyshire District Council.
     
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Alfreton petty session hearings every other Wednesday.
     
  • As a result of the 1834 Poor Law Amendment reforms, this parish became part of the Chesterfield Poor Law Union.
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Schools

In 1845, a Public Elementary School (mixed) was built here for 100 children. It was enlarged in 1890 for up to 133 children.  This school closed in the late 1940s and was converted by the local parish council into a Village Hall.