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Old Brampton

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Archives and Libraries

Old Brampton is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stops every fourth Wednesday at mid-afternoon. The first is at Chedale Close and the second is at the Cuttholme Road shops.

The Cutthorpe area is also served by the Mobile Library, but on every fourth Wednesday morning at Riggott's Way.

Holymoorside is served by the Mobile Library on route N, which makes two stop in the village at the Pinfold and the Village Hall every fourth Tuesday around midday.



Graham HOGG has a photograph of the Thatched lychgate into the churchyard on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Andrew WHALE has a photograph of the church graveyard on Geo-graph, taken in June, 2008. Looks like it could use a little mowing in this shot.



  • The parish was in the Chesterfield sub-district of the Chesterfield Registration District.
  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:
Piece No.
1861 R.G. 9 / 2532
1891 R.G. 12 / 2764 thru 2766


You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Old Brampton area or see them printed on a map.


Church History

  • The church was here prior to 1253.
  • St Peter's Church at Old Brampton should not be confused with St. Thomas's Church at what is now known as New Brampton. St. Thomas's was consecrated in 1832, and "stands on the Chatsworth road, about a mile west of the town of Chesterfield." [Ref: Samuel LEWIS's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848]
  • Andrew HILL has a photograph of The Church of St Peter and St Paul on Geo-graph, taken in March, 2011.
  • A new clock was added to the church tower in April, 1898, to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
  • The church was restored in 1868 and again in 1889-1891.
  • The church seats 330.
  • The ecclesiastical parish maintained a mission church at Wadshelf.

Church Records

  • The parish register dates from 1658.
  • We have a pop-up window of Parish Register burials in a text file for your review. Your additions are welcomed.
  • There is a wealth of "Parish Chest" type information available for (Old) Brampton at the Derbyshire Record Office, but there are no Settlement Certificates! There are however, plenty of lists of charitable bequests, one of which cites money to be put forth for Apprenticeship Indentures bequeathed to the Church Wardens in ? Shawe's Will. There is also a Burials Waste Book which lists the position of each grave in chronological order with index for years 1792-1887 - a very important resource, as it suggests relationships in terms of who was buried next to whom. There are also Tithe Books giving names of occupiers of land, rent paid and livestock belonging to each farmer for years 1815 & 1818. All are available in original form. My grateful thanks to Janet Kirk for this information.
  • A CD containing a transcription of The Parish Registers of SS Peter & Paul's Church is available for purchase from Valerie Neal.
  • The church was in the rural deanery of Chesterfield.

Civil Registration

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

Description and Travel

"BRAMPTON is a village and parish, about 3½ miles W. from Chesterfield. At Brampton-moor are extensive stone potteries, belonging to Messrs. T. Oldfield and Co., Messrs. H. and S. Briddon and Mr. J. Wright; Mr. W. Briddon, at Walton, and others; at New Brampton, are iron works, and in the neighbourhood is a coal mine."

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

Nether Loads and Upper Loads ar hamlets in this parish. Walton is a township in the parish of Chesterfield, but in the ecclesiastical district of St. Thomas, Brampton. Wigley is a hamlet just west of Old Brampton. Hollins is also a hamlet just west of Old Brampton.

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Historical Geography

  • The ancient parish of Brampton was divided in 1832 into the area centred on the old parish church of St Peter and St Paul, now more commonly known as Old Brampton, and New Brampton, served by St Thomas's church, newly consecrated that year.

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



  • The section of Lysons' Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire, 1817, for Chesterfield, transcribed by Barbarann AYARS, includes a portion on Brampton.
  • J. THOMAS has a photograph of The Fox and Goose Inn on the west side of Old Brampton on Geo-graph, taken in July, 2016.
  • Graham HOGG has a photograph of The Dragon's Fold Restaurant on the east side of Old Brampton on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2011.
  • Neil THEASBY has a photograph of The Royal Oak Inn in Hollins on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2012.

Military History

The War Memorial Cross in the churchyard was installed at the southern boundary of the yard in 1920.



Jane TAYLOR provides this extract from the Derby Mercury of 28 June 1804: MARRIED: "Yesterday, Mr. Thos. BOWER, brazier, of Chesterfield, to Mrs. Mary PICKARD, of Brampton."


Politics and Government

  • Brampton was an ancient parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.
  • This parish was in the ancient Scarsdale Hundred (or Wapentake).
  • On 1 November, 1910, Old Brampton was amalgamated into the Chesterfield Municipal Borough and Civil Parish.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Chesterfield petty session hearings zt the Memorial Hall every Saturday mroning.
  • There is an index of six Brampton Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Brampton" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • As a result of the 1834 Poorlaw Amendment Act reforms, this parish became a member of the Chesterfield Poorlaw Union.


Walton Infant School was erected in 1896 for 60 children.

Cutthorpe (mixed) School wa erected in 1884 for 300 children.

Holymoorside School (by the River) was erected in 1874 for 200 children.

A National School, later known as Wigley School, was built in 1830 for 96 children.

Chris MORGAN has a photograph of Wigley Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in January, 2013.

Peter BARR has a nice wintry photograph of Wigley Primary School on Geo-graph, taken in December, 2009.