Updated 1 Nov 2007

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 539


Posted 1906.

Brassington Church.

St James church at Brassington dates from the late 12th Century and is Norman in origin. It was restored in 1881, after a very large crack in the wall of the South Aisle disfigured the building.

A sundial is set in the wall above the south porch. The Roman numerals arranged around the dial perimeter to denote the hour of day are clear but have lost their original sharpness. The Reverend J.C.Cox, writing in 1875, described it as follows. "Over the entrance to the porch is a mural sundial, bearing the initials W.T, and the date 1751".

St James was originally a parish chapel in the parish of Bradbourne. Brassington became a seperate parish in 1866. The parish registers are held in Derbyshire Record Office at Matlock, and cover the following years:
Baptisms.....1716 - 1906
Marriages...1716 - 1974
Burials........1716 - 1936
A database run by Mike Rose contains a record of Brassington Residents from about 1500 to the present day. It has about 10,000 names and is an ongoing project.

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