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Breaston, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Breaston, a township forming with Risley an ecclesiastical parish in the union of Shardlow, Derbyshire, on the Derby Canal and the M.R., half a mile from Draycott station, and 8 miles ESE of Derby, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Draycott. Area of township, 1493 acres; population, 882; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1130. The living is a rectory united with that of Risley in the diocese of Southwell; joint net value, £330. Patron, the Bishop of Southwell. The church was restored in 1871, and there are two Methodist chapels, an endowed school at Risley, dating from 1583, free to cliildren of the seven neighbouring parishes.

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 parishSawley 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionShardlow 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Breaston 1719-1810, Derbyshire is available to browse online., 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.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Breaston 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 Breaston 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:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE72
Post TownDerby