Church Broughton



Geoff PICK has a photograph of the churchyard at St. Michael's on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.



  • The parish was in the Tutbury sub-district of the Burton upon Trent Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 1958
1891 R.G. 12 / 2196

Church History

  • The Anglican parish church is dedicated to Saint Michael and All Angels.
  • The church was built in the "Early English" period (circa 1200).
  • The church was fully restored in 1885-86.
  • The church seats 250.
  • Geoff PICK has a photograph of St. Michael & All Angels on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2004.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1538 for all entries.
  • Marriages at Church Broughton, 1538-1812 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Longford.
  • The Primitive Methodists built a chapel here in 1828.

Civil Registration

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

Description & Travel

"CHURCH BROUGHTON, a parish in the hundred of Appletree, in the county of Derby, 10 miles to the W. of Derby. It is situated on a branch of the river Dove, and contains the township of Sapperton. The North Staffordshire railway passes within a short distance. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Lichfield, worth £228, in the patronage of B. Broadhurst, Esq."

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

The village is 9 miles south-east of Ashbourne and 130 miles north of the City of London. The branch of the River Dove, mentioned above is the Broughton brook.  The hamlet and township of Sapperton is within this parish.

The Broughton Heath Golf Club, set up in 1998. is located 1.4 miles south-east of the village.

You can see pictures of Church Broughton which are provided by:






Historical Geography

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



Malcolm NEAL has a photograph of the Holly Bush Public House on Geo-graph, taken in October, 2017.



"Gravenhurst" is a house with 9 acres of land in the parish.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK205337 (Lat/Lon: 52.900354, -1.696688), Church Broughton which are provided by:


Military History

  • There was an RAF airfield near Heathtop, just south of the village, during World War 2. Only the old concrete runways remain, now used for agricultural storage.
  • John POVSER has a photograph of the disused runway at the old WW II airfield on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2007.
  • The Commonwealth War Grave Commission (CWGC) reports two war graves in St. Michael's Churchyard.

Military Records

  • There is a War Memorial inside St. Michael's Church. A photograph and names are listed at Derbyshire War Memorials.
  • The two Commonwealth War Graves in St. Michael's Churchyard (data from the CWGC site) are for:
Name Rank Unit Died Other info.
Geoffrey William AUDEN cadet Royal Air Force 4 Nov 1918 Age 18, son of Alfred Millington and Edith Elizabeth AUDEN
Ernest JOHNSON bombardier 13th Coy., Royal Garrison Artillery 24 Feb. 1919 Age 29, son of George and Elizabeth JOHNSON


Jane TAYLOR in Redcar contributes this from the Derby Mercury of 20 December, 1804: DIED: "On Sunday last, Mr. Thomas MILNER, sen. of Church Broughton, in this county, in the 91st year of his age, universally respected by all who knew him."


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 Church Broughton Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches. For some reason you have to login to use the site. I presume they are limiting access to residents.
  • District governance is provided by the South Derbyshire District Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Bastardy cases were heard in the Sudbury petty session hearings on the last Monday of each month.
  • There is an index of over 20 Church Broughton Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Church Broughton" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • The Common Land was enclosed here in 1775.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Burton upon Trent Poorlaw Union.


Prior to 1830, school was taught here in a barn.

A Public Elementary School was built here in 1830 for 49 mixed and 36 infant students.