Photographs of Holbrook & Makeney, Derbyshire, England

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Holbrook, Makeney. These are located in Derbyshire.


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Photos of Holbrook, Derbyshire, England.
Holbrook is a picturesque hilltop village between the A6 and A61, 5½ miles N.E. of Derby, 3 S.E. of Belper, and 2 N.E. of the Duffield railway station. The views from the many roads in this village are stunning, It has a great view of the surrounding countryside. Hale Broc is the Saxon name for Hobrook, meaning Badger Hill.

Once a busy centre of the stocking trade, with hand-looms still in operation as late as the 1930s.
It has attractive old houses and some modern housing development. The church of 1841 is pure Georgian in spirit of plain classical design. This is perhaps because it is a rebuild of a predecessor built in 1761.

On higher ground behind the churchyard, which has some interesting tombstones, is Holbrook Hall (built in 1681). Today this building is an Old peoples Residential care home. One famous resident of Holbrook Hall was Mrs C.E.Arkwright, whose husband was a direct descendant of Richard Arkwright. In more recent years it was also the home of the mother of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
On Makeney Road, Just a few yards down from the entrance to Holbrook Hall is an original Toll House called ‘Turnpike cottage’

Holbrook Centre for Autism on Port way (DP-180205HOLBR-28,29) was a former Barnardo's children's home, built as Southwood House by the Bourne family who owned Denby Pottery in the 1880s.

Brook House (now Mohan House)
(DP-180205HOLBR-22) was built in 1899 and used to be a Maternity hospital.

In the 1700's Anthony Radford arranged for children to be taught reading and writing in a room over the stables at Holbrook Hall. In 1842 William Evans of Allestree Hall (who also owned Holbrook Hall at that time) built a school in Mooreside Lane for Infants, the school survives today and is called Holbrook Primary school (DP-180205HOLBR-16).
There also used to be a school on the south side of Mellor’s Lane, in 1960 under a re-organisation scheme all the senior children were transferred to the Belper Parks Secondary Modern School. The school was demolished and two houses were built on the site.

On Church street just before Lower Hall Close is a building which has a plaque which reads “Potterills Alms Houses” (DP-180205HOLBR-11), these houses were built in 1735. If you look closely at the plaque you will see that the stone mason made an error at the time and spelt it as ARMS instead of ALMS, parts of the removed R can be seen after all these years, what a mistake to make !
There are a row Alms houses in Duffield which bare the same name as these. Almshouses have existed for over 1000 years enabling people in need to retain their independence and to live in their local community.

The village retains its traditional red phone box where Mellor’s Lane meets Church Street. On Belper Road is a traditional village shop "Smiths Stores" with jars of sweets and the like.

Holbrook Football Club was formed in 1996 the club uses the facilities of the Holbrook Miners Welfare (Shaw Lane) as it headquarters, with the Welfare being the clubs main sponsor. There is also Saint Michael's football club.

Dead Poets Inn was built in 1879, originally it was called The Cross Keys.

There are four roads which lead to Holbrook they are, to the south west Red Lane which goes to Makeney. Port way to the south east which connects to Derby Road (B6179). To the east Shaw Lane which leads to Milford. To the north is Belper Road which takes you to Bargate.

In March 2004 David Tizard set up the Funfair Brewing Company which Started brewing at the Wheel Inn, Chapel Street, Holbrook The pub was sold in December 2004 to punch pubs so David has since resited his brewery company elsewhere.

Two Romano-British pottery kilns were discovered in the 1960’s, one on Red Lane and one on Port way, where the well-known Derbyshire ware of Denby pottery was produced way back in the 3rd century.

The Gaslight Gallery (DP-180205HOLBR-18-21) on Town Street, was once owned by Charles Forster, now his wife runs it. Charles was a very talented potter and specialised in models of trams, trains, toilets and tarts, (and houses). So the scene above the entrance to the shop (photo 20) is a bit of a mixture of the 'tart' on the chaise longue, trains, trams, some houses and if you look carefully - a little bloke sitting on toilet reading a paper (in the bottom right). He was the resident holbrook historian!

The building, which is built in brick with white brick features, used to be R M Bailey's grocer's shop. Above the entrance to the building is a intricately decorated scene made of pottery, this added in mid 2004 by Charles Forster and was probably about the last piece of pottery that he produced as he sadly died shortly after it's completion.

William Hazlewood, founder of Hazelwood pickles was born in Holbrook in 1883.

For a map of the local area click HERE
For a aerial photo with overlayed map click HERE

I would like to thank Ina Buckland, Tony Flint, Gloria Smith and Jill Sharpe for providing
bits of historical information for this page.

If you have Broadband then you may like to watch a Video of Holbrook, Derbyshire.


DP-180205HOLBR-10 & 14 shows some cottages on Church street.
DP-180205HOLBR-11 shows the Potterills Alms Houses on Church Street.
DP-180205HOLBR-12 shows view looking up Town Street
DP-180205HOLBR-13 shows view looking up Mellor's Lane.
DP-180205HOLBR-17 is Holbrook Arkwright Parish hall, which is currently raising funds to be rebuilt.
DP-180205HOLBR-23-24 shows Saint Michael's church
DP-180205HOLBR-26 shows view from churchyard looking down Church Lane.
DP-180205HOLBR-27 shows a view from Mooreside Lane looking over to Lower Kilburn.

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Photo Description : View of Holbrook from Little Eaton road.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-01
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is the view of Holbrook, on the hill as you go up the road from Little Eaton.
Photo Description : Parish church of Saint Michael, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-02
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is Saint Michael's church which was originally built in 1761 by the Revd S.Bradshaw as a private chapel for Holbrook Hall. It was consecrated as the parish church in 1835 and enlarged and partly rebuilt in 1842 by the late William Evans Esq of Allestree. In January 1907 a fire destroyed part of the interior, It was restored and a new south aisle and chancel added.
Photo Description : The view from the road next to the church
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-03
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is the wonderful view you get if you are on the road next to the church.

Photo Description : School for autistic children, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-04
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is former Barnardo's children's home is now a school for autistic children in old Holbrook.
Photo Description : Nice view, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-05
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is the kind of view you get in Holbrook. Postcard stuff.
Photo Description : The Wheel pub, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-06
Exact map location : Click HERE
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is The Wheel pub on Chapel street.



Photo Description : Dead Poets Inn pub, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-07
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is Dead Poets inn on Chapel street.
Photo Description : The Spotted Cow pub, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-08
Exact map location : Click HERE
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is The Spotted Cow on Town street.
See The Spotted Cow in Holbrook using Google Streetview.
Photo Description : The Gaslight Gallery, Holbrook.
Image Reference No. : DP-220601HOLBR-09
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is gallery is on Town street. This building used to be R.M. Bailey's grocer's shop.
Well Yard runs to the side of this shop.

• Photos of Makeney, Derbyshire, England.
Makeney is a very small place village between Holbrook and Milford.
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Photo Description : View of Milford from Makeney
Image Reference No. : DP-220601MAKEN-01
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is Makeney
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Photo Description : The Makeney Hall Hotel in Makeney
Image Reference No. : DP-220601MAKEN-02
Exact Map location : Click HERE
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is a hotel set in a Victorian building.
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Photo Description : View from the public footpath in Makeney
Image Reference No. : DP-220601MAKEN-03
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is the wonderful view you get if you walk up the public footpath at the back of the Hollybush pub.
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Photo Description : The Holly bush Inn pub in Makeney
Image Reference No. : DP-220601MAKEN-04
Date photo taken : 22nd June 2001
Other Information : This is The Holly bush In pub.



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