BREASTON, (or Breasdon) a chapelry in the parish of Wilne, in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, in the county of Derby, 7 miles to the E. of Derby, its post town. The Midland railway runs through it. Many hands are here employed in the manufacture of hosiery, about 50 frames being at work. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Lichfield, value £119, in the patronage of the Earl of Stamford. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There are several charitable endowments, producing about £16 a year.”

from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868


Archives & Libraries

Breaston village is served by the Mobile Library on route 5, which stops at Stevens Lane every fourth Friday just after 2pm.

The Long Eaton Library is an excellent resource with a Local History section and a Family History section.



  • Breaston has a cemetery, called Longmoor, with a mortuary chapel. The webpage author could find no history of the cemetery.
  • The Derybhsire Record Office has a list of Breaston burials for 1924-2001.
  • David LALLY has a photograph of Breaston Cemetery Chapel at Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST also has a photograph of the Cemetery Chapel at Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.


  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow registration district.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1851H.O. 107 / 2141
1861R.G. 9 / 2491
1881R.G. 11 / 3389
1891R.G. 12 / 2723

Church History

  • For centuries, this place was a Chapelry of Sawley, and the chapel may have been here since 1250.
  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael.
  • This church was built in 1350.
  • The church was restored in 1840 and again in 1871.
  • The church seats 250.
  • David LALLY has a photograph of St. Michael's Church at Geo-graph, taken in April, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1750.
  • Marriages at Breaston, 1719-1810 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 in a file for your review. Your additions and corrections are welcomed.
  • During construction, the churchyard was closed and burials were done at Wilne.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Ilkeston.
  • The United Methodists and Primitive Methodists had chapels here prior to 1912.
  • Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Methodist Church in Breaston on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

The parish and village are on the A6005 road between Derby and Nottingham. The M1 lies about a mile from the village at Long Eaton.

"BREASTON is a village and township, in the parish of Sawley, nearly eight miles E.S.E. from Derby. The chapel here, under the establishment, is dedicated to St. Michael, and the living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to that of Risley, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the prebendary of Sawley, in the cathedral church of Lichfield. The township contained, at the last census, 642 inhabitants."

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

Passenger rail service ceased in 1964.

Stephen McKAY has a photograph of a Breaston sign on the village green at Geo-graph, taken in February, 2009.

You can see pictures of Breaston which are provided by:







Alan MURRAY-RUST has a photograph of the Bull's Head pub. on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2018.

David LALLY has a photograph of The Navigation Pub. on Geo-graph, taken in November, 2016. This pub lies at the northern edge of the village.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK460339 (Lat/Lon: 52.900485, -1.318182), Breaston which are provided by:


Military History


Military Records

There is a War Memorial inside St. Michael's Church. A photograph and the names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials.

These are the war dead in St. Michael's churchyard:

  1. Pte. Raymond Arthur DERRICK, Royal Army Ordnance Corps, age 19, died 18 Apr 1943, son of Arthur and Anne DERRICK.
  2. Pte. Edgar GREBBY, 10th Btln., Sherwood Foresters, age 27, died 6 Jan 1917, son of Albert and Mary Ann GREBBY.
  3. Pte. John MILLS, 10th Btln., Sherwood Foresters, age 26, died 14 Jul 1916.
  4. Pte. Walter WINSON, 2/4 Btln., Yorkshire Regt., age 30, died 21 Nov 1918, son of Edwin Henry and Emma WINSON.

There are four war dead in the Longmoor Lane Cemetery for World War 2:

  1. ldg. aircraftman Thurston HILL, RAF Vol. Rsrv., age 44, died 4 Apr 1947, husband of Elizabeth HILL.
  2. Pte. Doris Ellen JACQUES, Aux, Training Svc, age 22, died 31 Dec 1944, wife of K. D. JACQUES of Ilkeston.
  3. Srgt. George Albert RIPPIN, 532 Coast Regt., Royal Artillery, age 23, died 30 Jun 1941, son of Arthur W. L. and Louise M. RIPPIN.
  4. Srgt. Cyril Herbert SHAW, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, age 28, died 26 Apr 1944, husband of Stella May SHAW.


Jane in Redcar provides this extract from the Derby Mercury for November 1, 1804: MARRIAGES: "On Monday last, at Breaston, in this county, Mr FOXCROFT, Attorney-at-Law, of Nottingham, to Miss Sarah Charlotte HARRINGTON, second daughter of Benjamin HARRINGTON, Esq. of the former place."

And, in the 26 April 1804 edition: "On Wednesday se'nnight, at Breaston, in this county, Mr. PARKINSON, grazier, of Sawley, to Miss BONSALL, of the former place."


Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient Chapelry in Derby county and became a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • You may contact the local Breaston parish council regarding civic or political matters, but they can NOT do family history searches for you.
  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • There is an index of a single Breaston Bastardy Paper held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Breaston" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.

Probate Records

My thanks to Make SPENCER for these details.

In 1860 Police Constable Robert CARTER of Breaston left a Will which mentioned his wife Ellen, his sister Sarah FLINT, and a Lettice CURZON, all apparently in Breaston. Other people in Etwall were also mentioned.

In an 1861 Will of Gilbert BANCROFT of Sinfin, DBY, a farmer, he mentions the following people in Breaston:

  • nephew Gervase WILMOT, Breatson, blacksmith
  • niece Elizabeth EDEN Breaston
  • niece Hannah PORTER Breaston
  • niece Mary STEVENSON Breaston

In an 1863 Will, William PLACKETT of Breaston, publican, mentions:

  1. his wife Martha
  2. Robert PLACKETT, farmer, Breaston
  3. Wm. PLACKETT butcher,.Breaston
  4. Wm. ANDREWS witness
  5. Wm. WALKER witness

In his 1866 Will, Henry PORTER, Breaston, yeoman, mentions:

  • wife Hannah
  • occupier Ann KUYSER ?
  • land purchased from Mr. FOXCROFT
  • house in Risley occupied by Wm. SIVERN
  • son Henry of Widmerpool, NTT
  • son in law Edward THOMPSON Breaston
  • dau. Hannah wife of Edward THOMPSON
  • dau. Elizabeth wife of John MILLS, West Hallam, farmer
  • dau. Mary wife of William RADFORD of Breaston, farmer
  • Fredk. WADSWORTH Sor Nottm witness
  • William WALKER, tailor, Breaston witness

In his 1876 Will, Robert BERRISFORD. Breaston farmer mentions:

  • friend Rev. John POXON ,Breaston, Minister
  • wife Eliza
  • sons Wm, and Reuben
  • Rev. Mr. HALL


An Infant School was erected in 1857 for 91 infants. This building is now the church hall as photographed by Alan MURRAY-RUST in January, 2018.

Many students in this parish attended school in Risley.