• The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1960
1891 R.G. 12 / 2197

Church History

  • A small Anglican chapel of ease was erected here in 1839. This was later occupied by the Primitive Methodists. The building is now the Village Hall.
  • The Anglican chapel of ease was served by the parent church at Etwall.

Church Records

  • Search the Anglican parish register at Etwall for your ancestors.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Longford.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.
  • The parish was in the Repton sub-district of the Burton on Trent Registration District.

Description & Travel

"BURNASTON, a township in the parish of Etwall, hundred of Appletree, in the county of Derby, 5 miles to the S.W. of Derby. The North Staffordshire and South Staffordshire railways pass near it."

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

Burnaston is dominated by the large Toyota car manufacturing plant in the parish.

J. HANNAN-BRIGGS has a photograph of the Village Sign on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2013.

John POYSER has a photograph of the Village Hall on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007. You should stop in and ask for a schedule of forth-coming events.

You can see pictures of Burnaston which are provided by:




Historical Geography

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



  • This parish was primarily farmland for centuries until the Toyota plant was built.
  • Around 1833, Burnaston had a Day School with 9 pupils and a Sunday School with 13 pupils.
  • There is a good history of the parish at the Burnaston Parish Council site.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK288325 (Lat/Lon: 52.889188, -1.573407), Burnaston which are provided by:


Military History

  • A municipal airport was opened just south of the village in 1938, but was taken over during World War II for military training purposes.
  • After the war, the airfield reverted to civilian use.
  • The field was used until March, 1990, when the site became a Toyota car manufacturing plant.

Names, Geographical

  • Burnaston appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Bernulfestun".

Politics & Government

  • This place was an ancient township in Etwall parish, Derbyshire, and was incorporated as a modern Civil Parish in December, 1866.
  • This parish was in the ancient Appletree Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • In April, 1968, this Civil Parish was enlarged by 284 acres with the abolution of Mickleover Civil Parish.
  • You may contact the Burnaston Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Derby petty session hearings.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms of 1834, the parish joined the Burtton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.


Year Inhabitants
1801 117
1841 135
1851 152
1871 163
1881 171
1901 219