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Bradwell, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Bradwell, a township and a parish in Derbyshire, under the Peak, 1 mile from Brough station on the M.R., and 2 miles SE of Castleton. There is a post and money order office under Sheffield; telegraph office, Hope. Acreage of township, 2174; population, 837. Most of the inhabitants were originally employed in the lead mines of the district, but since the mines have ceased working, agriculture and quarrying have formed the township's principal employment. There are stone works in the rocks of Bradwell Dale. Near the village is Bagshaw Cavern, which contains numerous chambers, with some remarkable stalactites. Traces of a Roman camp occur at Brough Castle, and Roman tiles, coins, and other relics have been found there. The parish includes the townships of Abney, Great and Little Hucklow, Grindlow, and Wardlow, and the lordship of Hazlebadge. Population, 1343. The township has a small church in the Perpendicular style, built in 1868, and Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and Unitarian chapels. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £220 with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Lichfield.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
Civil parishHope 
HundredHigh Peak 
Poor Law unionBakewell 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The register of St. Barnabas, for baptisms dates from 1868; burials, 1869; and marriages, 1875., in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.


Church of England

St. Barnabas (parish church)

The church of St. Barnabas, erected in 1868, is a small building of stone, in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, vestry, organ chamber, a small turret, at the junction of chancel and nave, containing one bell, and an embattled tower, in the Decorated style, at the south-west angle of the church, erected in 1889, at a cost of £1,004, and containing one bell and a clock, placed by the executors of the late E. M. Wass esq.: in 1895 the church was reseated throughout, and now affords 220 sittings.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1845, and enlarged in 1878, has 500 sittings. There is an attached cemetery.

Wesleyan Chapel

The Wesleyan chapel, built in 1807 and restored in 1891, seats 700 persons. There is an attached cemetery.


Unitarian Chapel

The Unitarian chapel, built in 1798, has sittings for 70 persons.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bradwell from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


Online maps of Bradwell are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online:

Villages, Hamlets, &c

Great Hucklow
Little Hucklow
DistrictDerbyshire Dales
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtS33
Post TownHope Valley