Brackenfield forms with Woolley a township and a parish, in the Chesterfield union, Derbyshire, 2 miles SW of Stretton railway station, and 4 NW of Alfreton, which is the post town; telegraph office, Higham. Acreage of township, 1551; population, 346. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £80. The church was built in 1857. The Alfreton Water-works Company have three large reservoirs in this district.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Chesterfield|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register of the church of the Holy Trinity dates from 1857.
The register of Holy Trinity chapel dates from 1845.
Church of England
The chapel of the Holy Trinity is a small and ancient building situated on a high hill, half a mile from either village, and is now disused.
The Holy Trinity (parish church)
The church of the Holy Trinity, erected in a more central position in 1856, is an edifice in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel with memorial chapel, nave of three bays, north aisle, porch, vestry, and a north-west tower with spire, containing 3 bells: there is a brass screen erected to the memory of Gladwin Turbutt esq. by his Ogston tenantry in 1872: and at the west end of the church is placed the old screen of Trinity chapel, restored, with four of the oak benches, in 1881: the whole of the chancel was ornamented with carved oak in 1906 by the parishioners: there are 230 sittings.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Brackenfield from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Brackenfield)
Land and Property
A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.
Online maps of Brackenfield are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online: