Church of All Saints, Bradley.
Bradley parish highlighted within Derbyshire
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Bradley was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 as belonging to Henry de Ferrers, having previously been in the possession of "Aelfric of Bradbourne" and "Leofwin". The village is assessed being worth twenty shillings (a fall, having been valued as worth £2 in 1066), and having a taxable value of 1 geld unit. The village is recorded as having 17 households: 6 of which were smallholdings.
In 1891 Kelly described the village as "an agricultural parish and picturesque but scattered village" of 2,374 acres. The soil is described as "chiefly gravel and clay", with the main crops grown being hay, wheat, barley, oats and turnips. The population is recorded as 227 and the rateable value of the village given as £2,945.
All Saints' Church
The village's parish church is dedicated to All Saints. Primarily constructed in the late 14th century, but incorporating some earlier work, it has an unusual layout with an aisleless nave and chancel, and no tower.
In 1891 the church was described as "an edifice in the Decorated style of the early 14th century, consists of a small chancel and nave under a single roof, south porch and a wooden turret at the west end containing 3 bells, two of which date from 1722, the tenor being undated".
The 18th century wooden bell-turret has been removed and one of the bells is attached to the rear wall.
The church was substantially renovated in the 19th century. The church contains several graves and monuments belonging to members of the Kniveton, Byrom and Meynell families, who had formerly resided at Bradley Hall opposite the church.
The original Bradley Hall was sold by Sir Andrew Kniverton who was bankrupted by the English Civil War.
The Old Bradley Hall was demolished by Hugo Meynell in the late 18th century, who built the Hall we currently see. What is known as "Bradley Hall" today was originally built to be part of a stable-block for a new Hall which was never built. The stable block was later converted to serve as the residence. Additions were made to the Hall in both the 19th and 20th centuries; it is currently protected as Grade II Listed.
The hall was recently listed up for sale with a guide price of £2,900,000.
The Church of England primary school was founded in 1873.
The following lines are by Sir Aston Cockayne and begin a commendation of Bancroft's poem:
From your retir'd abode in Bradley town,
Welcome, my friend, abroad to fair renown.
Nova Atlantis and Eutopia you
Again expose unto the publique view
- Henry was given a large number of manors in Derbyshire including Shirley, Aston-on-Trent and Pilsbury.
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- Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.747
- Kelly (1891). Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland. pp. 54–5.
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- "All Saints Church, Bradley". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Bradley Hall". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Bradley Hall Sales Brochure". Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- "Bradley Hall Sales Catalogue". Retrieved 5 May 2013.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus. 1986. The Buildings of England:Derbyshire. pp 104-105. Harmondsworth, Middx. Penguin.
- The Heroical Lover accessed 25 November 2007