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BRAILSFORD, a parish in the hundred of Appletree, in the county of Derby, 7 miles to the N.W. of Derby, its post town. Ednaston is a hamlet of this parish The living is a rent*. in the diocese of Lichfield, of the value of £673, in the patronage of Earl Ferrers. The Wesleyan Methodists have a chapel here. There are some charities of small value."

"EDNASTON, a hamlet in the parish of Brailsford, county Derby, 5 miles S.E. of Ashbourne. Ednaston Lodge is the principal residence.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

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Bibliography

  • ALCOCK, Stanley - John Alcock and his Family. Derry & Sons Limited, Nottingham, 1948.
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Cemeteries

  • We have been advised (in 2012) that many of the churchyard graves are unmarked.
             
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Census

  • The parish was in the Brailsford sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
     
  • After 1910, the parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
     
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
     
Census
Year
Piece No.
1851 H.O. 107 / 2146
1861 R.G. 9 / 2519
1891 R.G. 12 / 2751
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Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to All Saints.
     
  • In the churchyard, next to the porch, stands the base and lower part of the shaft of a pre-Norman Cross.
     
  • The church was partially restored in 1862.
     
  • Restoration was completed in 1886 when the gallery was removed and the church reseated.
     
  • The church seats 250.
     
  • Colin PARK has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2006.
     
  • Clive WOOLINSCROFT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in April, 2007.
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Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1647.
     
  • Marriages at Brailsford, 1653-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
     
  • Mike SPENCER has provided a partial extract of parish register burials for your use. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
     
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ashborne.
     
  • The Wesleyan Methodists built a chapel here in 1821.
     
  • Rob HOWL has a photograph of the Methodist Church on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2012.
     
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1845, it was extended in 1914.
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Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
     
  • The parish was in the Brailsford sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
     
  • After 1910, the parish was in the Ashbourne sub-district of the Ashbourne Registration District.
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Description & Travel

"BRAILSFORD is rather a considerable village, in the parish of its name, and hundred of Appletree; situate on the main road between Derby and Ashbourn, equidistant from each place. Coaches to different parts of the kingdom are continually passing through here, and the support of the village is chiefly derived from that circumstance - there being no manufactures, nor any extensive trade existing here. The places of worship are the parish church, and a chapel for Wesleyan methodists; the former, which is situate, about half a mile from the village, is dedicated to All-Saints, and the living is a rectory, in the patronage of Earl FERRERS. The parish (which has no dependent township) contained, in 1821, 724 inhabitants, & in 1831, 780."

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

Brailsford lies on the A52 midway between Derby and Ashbourne. The hamlet of Ednaston lies just to the west of Brailsford just south of the main highway (the A52) and across the Brailsford Brook.

You can see pictures of Brailsford which are provided by:

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Directories

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Gazetteers

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Genealogy

Jesse WALKER contributes in 2002 that "George MASSEY married Mary CANTRELL on 25 Jun 1683 in Brailsford." This entry was confirmed with Phillimore's Marriage Records (See Church Records).

Frank DUNN contributes in 2005 that Hannah RIDE is found in this parish in the 1841 census. She would have been about 8 or 9 years old.

Contributed by Jane TAYLOR in Redcar:

In the Derby Mercury newspaper for 19 November 1801: "MARRIED; On Tuesday se'nnight, at Oakerthorpe, in Leicestershire, Mr. Hamlet YATES, of Brailsford, in this county, to Miss ELTON, of the former place."

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Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Brailsford 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

  • Brailsford is mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.
     
  • This place was a Roman settlement.
     
  • For centuries, most of the parish was pasturage.
     
  • Eamon CURRY has a photograph of the Rose and Crown Public House on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2007.
     
  • An annual ploughing match takes place in Brailsford on the first Wednesday each October.
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Manors

Brailsford Hall was built in 1905 in the Jacobean style.

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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK254415 (Lat/Lon: 52.97026, -1.623237), Brailsford which are provided by:

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Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial inside All Saints Church. A photograph and names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials (the web-site has been abandoned).
     
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Names, Personal

Brailsford is also a surname found across Derbyshire and in neighboring counties.

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Newspapers

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 2 December, 1802, MARRIED: "On the 15th ult. at Brailsford, in this county, Mr. Matthew FEARN, timber merchant of Rodsley, to Mrs MOSS of Brailsford aforesaid."

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Obituaries

Contributed by Jane TAYLOR in Redcar:

In the Derby Mercury newspaper for 18 November 1802: "DIED; On Sunday last, aged 88, Mrs. PEACH, of Brailsford, in this county."

In the Derby Mercury newspaper for 27 January 1803: "DIED; A few days since, Miss Mary SORESBY of Brailsford, in this county."

In the Derby Mercury newspaper for 26 April 1804: "DIED; Sunday se'nnight, Mrs. MORLEY, of the Birch House, near Brailsford, in this county, aged 56."

Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this snippet from the Derby Mercury of 1 May 1804 DIED: "On Saturday last, aged 31, Mr. John MORLEY, of Brailsford, youngest son of Mr. Samuel MORLEY, of Headnaston, in this county, and a member of the Ashborne Troop of Derbyshire Yeomanry Cavalry."

In the Derby Mercury newspaper for 17 May 1804: "DIED; On Friday last, aged 16, Miss Jane SORESBY, daughter of Mr Gilbert SORESBY, of Brailsford, in this county."

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Politics & 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 Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
     
  • You may contact the Brailsford Parish Council regarding civic or political matters, but they are NOT funded to do family history lookups for you..
     
  • District governance is provided by the Derbyshire Dales District Council
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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
     
  • With the passage of the Poor Law Amendment Act reforms of 1834, this parish became a member of the Ashbourn Poorlaw Union.
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Probate Records

My thanks to Michael SPENCER for providing this index list of Brailsford residents:

  1. German RIDE, a blacksmith, left a Will in 1858 which mentions his wife Mary.
  2. William SAINT left a Will in 1858 which mentions several local people.
  3. Dorothy POTTER of Brailsford Common left a Will in 1860.
  4. George WHITE left a Will in 1862.
  5. Thomas HOLMES of Brailsford is mentioned in a Will left by his uncle Robert BEARD of Linton in 1861.
  6. Elizabeth COX left a Will in 1863.
  7. James WILSON left a Will in 1863.
  8. Joseph BROOKS of Culland Hall left a Will in 1864.
  9. James HACKETT of Ednaston left a Will in 1864.
  10. Charles ARCHER left a Will in 1866.
  11. John BAMFORD, a pensioner in Grenadier Guards, left a Will in 1866.
  12. John SAINT of Derby left a Will in 1858 which mentions several local people.
  13. William YEOMANS of Burroughs left a Will in 1866.
  14. Francis OSBORNE of Burroughs is mentioned in a Will left by Charles WALKER in 1870.
  15. Thomas OSBORNE left a Will in 1871.
  16. Ann BEESTON left a Will in 1871.
  17. James WILLDER left a Will in 1872.
  18. Joseph WITE (WHITE?), an innkeeper in Brailsford, is mentioned in Sarah ARCHER's Will of 1872.
  19. John YATES left a Will in 1873.
  20. Maria VERNON left a Will in 1874.
  21. Ann Cassandra DAKIN of Derby and Brailsford left a Will in 1874.
  22. Harriett YATES left a Will in 1875.
  23. Daniel ARCHER, farmer of Wild Park, left a Will in 1876.
  24. Thomas SLATER, a baker of Winshill left a Will in 1876 that mentions John EITE, a farmer in Brailsford.
  25. Samuel FROST left a Will in 1876 which mentions John PEACH and John FINNEY, both of Brailsford.
  26. Anthony BAINBRIDGE of Brailsford and Mugginton left a Will in 1880.
  27. Henry BOWYER left a Will in 1880.
  28. Ann REEVE left a Will in 1880.
  29. Joseph HUMPSTON left a Will in 1880.
  30. Fanny RODGERS of Brailsford and Buxton left a Will in 1881.
  31. Thomas HULLAND of the Burrows left a Will in 1881.
  32. Joseph WHITE left a Will in 1883.
  33. Selina BAMFORD left a Will in 1884.
  34. John WOOLLEY left a Will in 1885.
  35. Mary FEARN left a Will in 1886.
  36. Joseph HARRISON left a Will in 1886.
  37. Francis OSBORNE of the Burrows left a Will in 1887.
  38. Anne (Grosvenor) BOWYER left a Will in 1888.
  39. John HANSON left a Will in 1888.
  40. Joseph MILLINGTON left a Will in 1888.
  41. Elizabeth COOK left a Will in 1889.
  42. George BROWNSWORD left a Will in 1889.
  43. Charles BULL left a Will in 1892.
  44. Jane REEVE left a Will in 1895.
  45. Godfrey SLATER of North Farm left a Will in 1896.
  46. Elizabeth HANCOCK left a Will in 1900.
  47. George MURFIN left a Will in 1904.
  48. George JEFFERRY left a Will in 1905.
  49. Ann HULLAND left a Will in 1907.
  50. Eliza Gardner FOSTER left a Will in 1912.
  51. Vernon John PULLON left a Will in 1915.
  52. Herbert Christian HOLLAND of Brailsford Hall left a Will in 1916.
  53. Hannah COXON left a Will in 1925.
  54. Sarah TITTERTON left a Will in 1925.
  55. John YATES left a Will in 1925.
  56. Mary YATES left a Will in 1925.
     

Also, administered without a Will:

  1. Robert HULLAND, Maltster, intestate in 1760. His wife Hannah was the administratrix.
  2. Daniel REEVE estate in 1858.
  3. Richard WHITE estate in 1859.
  4. Mary MASKREY estate in 1864 (mentions Mary BOAM of Brailsford).
  5. John LAMB estate in 1869 (mentions Helen Clifford LAMB).
     
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Schools

A National School (mixed) was built here prior to 1891 for 140 children.

The Derbyshire Record Office holds Log Books and Admissions books pre-1900 for Brailsford.

Brailsford Primary School has an online website, but no history or school admission records are online.

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Societies

Contact the Brailsford Institute to see if they have any local history presentations or family history lectures that might interest you.