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Bretby, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Bretby, a chapelry and a township in Repton parish, Derbyshire, 4 miles from Burton-upon-Trent railway station, and about 10½ SE from Derby. There is a post and money order office under Burton-upon-Trent; telegraph office, Swadlincote. Acreage of the township, 1868; population, 377; of the ecclesiastical district, 367. The living is a donative chapelry in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £200 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Carnarvon. The church was rebuilt in 1878 by Anne Elizabeth, Countess of Chesterfield, in memory of her husband and son, the sixth and seventh Earls of Chesterfield, and her daughter, Evelyn, Countess of Carnarvon. It seats 130 persons, and has a good organ, a stained-glass window, and a carillon of 5 bells. Bretby Hall, standing in a lovely park of 400 acres, is a magnificent stone mansion built in 1865 by the fifth Earl of Chesterfield. The present owner is the Earl of Carnarvon.

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

Church Records, 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.

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bretby 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:

DistrictSouth Derbyshire
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE15
Post TownBurton-On-Trent