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Ockbrook, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Ockbrook, a village and a parish in Derbyshire. The village stands 1 mile NNE of the Derby Canal and of Borrowash railway station, and 5 E of Derby, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Derby. The parish contains also part of the village of Borrowash, and comprises 1839 acres of land and 14 of water; population, 2166. There are many good residences. The living is a vicarage, with Borrowash annexed, in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £265 with residence. The church is partly Norman, was enlarged and repaired in 1835 at a cost of £700, and has a low tower with octagonal spire. A new font was placed in the church in 1878 in memory of the late vicar. There are a Moravian establishment and a Wesleyan chapel at Ockbrook; also a mission church, erected in 1889-90, containing a chancel screen and pulpit of wrought iron of exquisite design; and Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist chapels at Borrowash. The Moravian establishment was founded in 1750, comprises boarding schools for about sixty boys and forty girls respectively, and has in the centre a commodious chapel, with a burial-ground behind. In the chapel is a handsome monument, erected by former pupils, in memory of Lieutenant Charles Hearsey, a pupil, who was killed in the Afghan war in 1879.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishOckbrook All Saints 
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 Ockbrook 1631-1812, 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.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ockbrook 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 Ockbrook 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