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Holbrooke, Derbyshire
19th Century Derbyshire Directory Transcripts
From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - pp.230-231
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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HOLBROOKE is a township, chapelry and picturesque village and in 1863 was formed into a parish from the civil parish of Duffield ; it is 6½ miles north-east from Derby, 3 south-east from Belper, and 1 mile north-east from Coxbench station on the Ripley branch of the Midland railway in the Mid division of the county, hundred of Appletree union and petty sessional division of Belper, county court district of Belper and Ilkeston, rural deanery of Duffield, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The church of St. Michael, erected in 1761 by the Rev. S. Bradshaw and rebuilt and enlarged in 1841 by the late William Evans esq. M.P. is a plain fabric of stone in the Italian style, consisting of nave, north and south porches and a western turret containing one bell; in 1887 it was thoroughly renovated and reseated, a new vestry erected on the north side and the circular east window filled with stained glass in memory of the Rev. William Leeke, late vicar, and his wife : a clock was erected on the east wall over the window in 1842, the works being at the west end and the connecting apparatus running the entire length of the church. The register of baptisms and burials dates from 1835 and of marriages from 1863. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £66, including 1½ acres of glebe, with residence, in the gift of Sir Thomas William Evans bart. and held since 1883 by the Rev. Edmund Carr M.A of St. John's College, Cambridge, and hon. canon of Carlisle. The vicarage, a good residence facing the south and commanding fine views, is now occupied by the Misses Leeke. Here are Congregational and Free Methodist chapels. The Derby Infirmary has a convalescent home here available for 12 patients, 8 of whom may remain free of charge for three weeks; the home is managed by a committee of ladies : the site was given by Sir T. W. Evans bart. and the grounds planted at the sole cost of Fitzherbert Wright esq. ; Mr. Rowland Smith, of Duffield Hall, is treasurer; and the Rev. Canon Edmund Carr M.A. hon. chaplain. There are three charities for the poor of Holbrooke : (1) The charity of John Lockoe, founded in 1676, the annual value of which, in £2¾ per Cent. Consols, standing in the name of the Official Trustees of Charitable Funds, is about £17, and is distributed on St. Thomas' day to the poor of the parish by trustees appointed under a scheme of the Charity Commissioners, dated July 24th, 1877; the present trustees are the vicar and churchwardens and three other parishioners; the scheme provides that the charity shall be applied to the benefit of deserving and necessitous inhabitants of Holbrooke, selected by the trustees, by providing them with clothes, bedding, fuel, medical or other aid in sickness, food or other articles in kind and in certain other ways: (2) Potterell's Charity, founded in 1667, to which there are now attached two almshouses, the residents being either married, widows or widowers; besides a shilling a week each, they receive from the charity gratuities of clothing and coals at Christmas : the vicar and churchwardens are the trustees : (3) The Webster Charity, founded in 1699 ; this charity is under the management of a board of trustees, who meet twice a year at the Duffield Endowed school to arrange for its distribution ; at present 12 of the aged poor of Holbrooke receive £1 a year from it and four Holbrooke children may have a free education at the Duffield Endowed school; the present vicar is a trustee; for further particulars of the charity, see Duffield. Holbrooke Hall, the residence of the Rev. Canon Edmund Carr M.A. is delightfully situated on an eminence, commanding fine views of the surrounding bills and valleys, with the ancient church of Horsley in the distance. Netherlea is the residence of Mrs. Bourne; the manor of Holbrooke is owned jointly by Sir Thomas William Evans bart. D.L., J.P., F.R.GS. of Allestree Hall and Mrs. Meynell. Sir Thomas William Evans bart, and Herbert Strutt esq. are the principal landowners. The soil is sand, clay and loam; subsoil, various. The chief crops are wheat, barley and oats, and about three-fourths pasture. The area in acres is 890; rateable value, £2,661 ; the population in 1881 was 1,025.

BARGATE is in this township.

COXBENCH, anciently called "St. Anthony's Cross," is a hamlet half a mile south, partly in this parish and partly in Holbrooke township, and has a station on the Ripley branch of the Midland railway. Here is a mission church attached to Holbrooke church.

Parish Clerk, George Sims.

POST OFFICE.-Mrs. Mary Sheldon, receiver. Letters from Derby at 7 a.m. ; dispatched at 7.15 p.m. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Kilburne

POST OFFICE. Coxbench.-Mrs. Phoebe Whiteman, receiver. Letters through Derby, arrive at 5.5 a.m: dispatched at 10.10 a.m. & 8 p.m. Little Eaton is the nearest money order & telegraph office

Coxbench Railway Station, John Ravenhall, station master

National, erected in 1865, for 92 girls & 43 infants; average attendance, 84 girls & 44 infants; Miss Sarah Swatman, mistress
National, The Moor, erected in 1886, for 106 boys & 62 infants ; average attendance, 101 boys & 66 infants, & is supported by Sir T. W. Evans bart. ; Alfred Smith, master

Bourne Mrs. Netherlea
Campbell Rev. Hugh H.H. B.A. [Curate]
Carr Rev. Canon Edmund M.A. [vicar], Holbrooke hall
Leeke Misses, The Vicarage

Derby Infirmary Convalescent Home (Miss Martha Seal, matron)
Foulk James, shopkeeper
Gore John William, farmer
Harrison James, boot maker
Harrison William, farmer, The Moor
Hartley William, shopkeeper
Hicking Annie (Miss), shokpr. The Moor
Hickingbotham John, builder
Hollingworth Sarah (Mrs.), beer retailer, The Moor
Holmes William, blacksmith
Howitt Samuel, Greyhound P.H
Jepson Mary (Miss). shopkpr. The Moor
Marriott Thomas, shopkeeper
Moore Robert, boot maker
Morley John, farmer, Bargate
Poundall Samuel, shopkeeper, The Moor
Pugson Henry, shopkeeper
Rowland Joseph, rate collector
Rowland Mary (Mrs.), farmer, The Moor
Sheldon Joseph, Spotted Cow P.H. & carpenter
Sheldon Mary (Mrs.), grocer & butcher, Post office
Sims James, farmer
Smith John William, frame smith
Staton William, butcher, The Moor
Vallis William, farmer
Vickers John, coffee rooms
Watson Samuel, farmer
Weston Joseph, farmer
Wright Samuel, beer retailer, The Moor

Heydon William, The Villa
Meynell Mrs. Cox bench hall
Bates George, butcher & farmer
Batkin Horace, Fox & Hounds P.H
Crookes Jabez, farmer
Crookes Tom Brown, beer retailer
Heydon & Co. color & paint manufacturers
Knifton Enoch & William, farmers, Birchwood
Knifton Francis, blacksmith
Martin Henry, baker
Slater W. H. & J. quarry masters
Sneap Thomas, farmer, Castle farm

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