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Coordinates: 52°53′53″N 1°18′50″W / 52.898°N 1.314°W / 52.898; -1.314

Breaston Village Green.jpg
The village of Breaston.
Derbyshire UK parish map highlighting Breaston.svg
Breaston parish highlighted within Derbyshire
Population4,455 (2011)
OS grid referenceSK462336
Civil parish
  • Breaston
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDERBY
Postcode districtDE72
Dialling code01332
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places

Breaston (/ˈbrstən/ (About this soundlisten) BREE-stən)[1] is a large village and civil parish in the Erewash district, in the south-east of Derbyshire in the East Midlands of England near Long Eaton and close to the M1. The population of the civil parish as taken at the 2011 Census was 4,455.[2]


The Navigation

Breaston was mentioned in the Domesday book as belonging to Henry de Ferrers[3] and being worth four shillings.[4]

Originally an agricultural village, Breaston has continued to grow for centuries until it has reached its current size, separated from neighbouring Long Eaton only by the M1 motorway.

Breaston today is mainly residential. There is a church (St Michael), a primary school, a Methodist chapel, three pubs (three of them still named as they were in 1846 - The Bulls Head, Chequers Inn[5] and The Navigation Inn); a medical centre and a comprehensive range of shops, including a Co-op, located in the centre of the village around the church and the village green. The green (known as Duffield Close) is said to be one of the largest in the country[citation needed] and an annual May Day Fete is held there.

Railway Station[edit]

The first Long Eaton railway station was on Sawley Lane, Breaston. First used in 1839, when the line opened, it was the third station on the line west from Nottingham. It was originally called Breaston, but the name was changed to Sawley railway station to avoid confusion with nearby Beeston.


Although only a relatively small village, Breaston is home to its fair share of sports teams.

Athletica FC who play on Breaston Recreation Ground in the winter months), Breaston Cricket Club, Formed in 1836 and play on the Soldiers and Sailors Ground, Risley Lane and Breaston Park FC, a child and youth football structure who have various teams at a range of age levels.



In early October 2014, reports emerged that Breaston may be the preferred location for the East Midlands Hub High Speed 2 Phase Two railway station, reverting earlier plans to base the station at Toton, Nottinghamshire.[6][7] These plans were ruled out by July 2015.[8]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BBC Pronouncing Dictionary of British Names Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-212976-7
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  3. ^ Henry was given a large number of manors in Derbyshire including land in Swarkestone, Markeaton, Sinfin and Cowley.
  4. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.748
  5. ^ The Chequers Inn site
  6. ^ "HS2 hub in East Midlands to be relocated". Rail Technology Magazine. Cognitive Publishing Ltd. 9 October 2014. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  7. ^ Hess, John (8 October 2014). "Could HS2's East Midlands hub be relocated to Derbyshire?". BBC News Online. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  8. ^ "HS2 East Midlands hub: Toton only location being considered". BBC News. BBC. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 29 July 2015.

External links[edit]

North: Risley, Ilkeston
West: Draycott, Derby Breaston East: Long Eaton, Beeston, Nottingham
South: Sawley, Castle Donington, East Midlands Airport