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Bradbourne, Derbyshire
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From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - p.54
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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BRADBOURNE is a township, parish and village, 6 miles south west from Wirksworth, 5 north-north-east from Ashborne railway station, in the Western division of the county, hundred and county court district of Wirksworth, Ashborne union and petty sessional division, rural deanery of Ashborne, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The church of All Saints is a building in the Early English and Perpendicular styles, with considerable remains of Saxon and Norman work, and consists of chancel, with organ chamber, clerestoried nave, south aisle, south porch and a fine tower at the west end containing 5 bells, dating from 1708 to 1863 : the tower is a massive Norman structure, the lower stage Saxon, and there is a turret staircase in the north-east angle ; its South doorway has three orders of mouldings, one of beak-heads, and two others displaying nondescript animals; the parapet, set up about 1450, rests upon the original Norman corbel table : the north side shows the beginning of the Saxon nave and Early English and late Decorated features, indicating rebuilding and insertions, straight joints in the masonry prove the extent of the Norman nave: the south aisle is separated from the nave by an arcade of three arches ; the south clerestory windows, and others in the south aisle, as well as the battlements of the nave, are Perpendicular: the stained east window has Decorated tracery, and there is a smaller stained window on the north side of the chancel ; and in another window on the south side are remains of ancient glass, dating from about 1400 and exhibiting the arms of the family of Edensor : the font is formed of a single large square block of stone, ornamented on the sides with circles inclosing quatrefoils: there are five mural monuments to the Buckstone family, dating from 1643 to 1877, in which year a vestry and organ chamber were added, and the chancel furnished with oak choir desks and re-floored ; a new reredos was also added, the whole costing about £600 ; the church had previously been completely restored in 1846, at a cost of £300 : there are 205 sittings : in the churchyard stands the upper portion of a fine and early cross, probably of the 8th century ; the middle portion, split into two pieces, was long used as stile-posts ; these display scriptural figures rudely carved, and interlaced foliage similar to that on the cross at Bakewell ; in 1886 they were rescued from their ignoble position by A. Hartshorne esq. F.S.A. and placed in the church, together with an arm of the cross, which had been taken to Tissington Hall, The register dates from the year 1720, and has been very badly kept. The living is a vicarage, with the chapelry of Ballidon annexed, average tithe rent-charge £86, net yearly value £117, with residence, in the gift of the Duke of Devonshire K.G. and held since 1878 by the Rev. Francis Crombie M.A. of Trinity College, Cambridge. The church of Bradbourne was given by Geffrey de Cauceis to the priory of Dunstable in the year 1205, and remained annexed to the priory until the Reformation, the churches of the parish (Bradbourne, Brassington, Tissington, Ballidon and Atlow) being served by a company of three canons, who were sent from Dunstable and resided at the rectory at Bradbourne ; this appropriation of the rectory to Dunstable priory occurred in 1278, and was confirmed by the Bishop in 1294, a vicarage being specially endowed in 1330: shortly after the Reformation ; the rectory and glebe lands were purchased by George Buckston, an ancestor of Mr. Buckston the present possessor. Bradbourne Hall, which is the residence of Albert Hartshorne esq. F.S.A. is a picturesque Elizabethan house, with a fine Jacobean staircase, and commands charming and extensive views of the district ; on the premises is preserved a Norman font, with shallow arcading. Buxton's Charity, of £1 yearly, left in 1665, payable out of the Shelbroad Close, in the parish of Brassington, and Gisborne's, of £7 5s. left 7th May, 1818, by the Rev. Francis Gisborne, sometime rector of Staveley, are for distribution. Sir William Fitz-Herbert bart. J.P. is lord of the manor. The principal landowners are Sir William Fitz-Herbert bart. J.P., S. H. Chandos-Pole-Gell esq. Rev. R. G. Buckston, Rev. James Fitzherbert and Sir T. W. Evans bart. The soil is mixed ; subsoil, shale, clay and limestone. The land is chiefly kept in pasture for dairy produce. The area is 2,834 acres ; rateable value, £2,117 ; the population in 1881 of the township was 137, and of the parish 317.

BALLIDON is a township and chapelry which will be a found under a separate heading.

ALDWARK is a township, in the union of Bakewell, with 945 acres; rateable value, £706; and 52 inhabitants.

LEA HALL is a township belonging ecclesiastically to Bradbourne; the area is 450 acres ; rateable value, £625 ; and the population in 1881 was 18.

Sexton, John Bainbridge.

POST OFFICE..-Miss Alice Norcliff, receiver. Letters through Ashborne arrive at 8.30 a.m, Box cleared at to 4.45 p.m. Weekdays only. Postal orders are issued here, but not paid. The nearest money order & telegraph office is Parwich

Free School (mixed), built in 1842 by the late William Evans esq. for about 50 children; average attendance, 22 : it has no regular endowment, but £40 yearly is given by Sir T. W. Evans bart. F.R.G.S ; Miss Mary Mundell, mistress

CARRIERS-To Wirksworth, James Twigge, every tues. & to Ashborne, Francis Watson, every Sat

Crombie Rev. Francis M.A, [vicar]
Hartshorne Albert F.S.A. Bradbourne hall

Barnsley Wm. & Son, farmers, Aldwark
Burton William, farmer
Buxton Benjamin, farmer, Aldwark
Dakins George, farmer, Aldwark
Dale Frank, farmer, Gorse hill
Fearn Charlotte (Mrs,), shpkpr.& cowkpr
Gerrard John, farmer
Hardy Joshua, farmer, Aldwark
Hodgkinson James, farmer, Aldwark
Holmes Daniel, cowkeeper, Aldwark
Lamb John, farmer, Park farm
Lomas Rd. farmer, Bradbourne Mill farm
Norcliff Thomas, assistant overseer
Ouslem John, farmer, Lee hall
Robinson John, farmer
Trafford Arthur, joiner & builder
Torr William, farmer, Bank top
Wagstaff Francis, farmer, Aldwark
Wain Robert, farmer, Lee cottage
Webster Francis, farmer, Crow Trees frm
Webster Henry, farmer, Bank top
Wright Frank, corn merchant &c. ; & at Ashborne
Wright Jas. farmer, Sand Pit Low frm
Wright Wm. farmer, Haven Grange farm
Wright Wm. jun. farmer, Clapgate

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