The family name of Brailsford is unique in England as it is one of the few to have unchallengeably a descent from the Anglo Saxon tenant holding the same land from before the Roman conquest of 1066. Elfin de Brailsford is recorded as tenant of Henry de Ferrers, having kept the same piece of land throughout the upheavals of 1066-1086. This land is in the village of Brailsford in Derbyshire. The only place of that name in England. Immediate descendants are listed as Nicholas de Brailsford, John de Brailsford and Henry de Brailsford, and today there many Brailsfords in the county of Derbyshire.
For the Millennium celebrations the village of Brailsford produced a book entitled 'Brailsford and Ednaston-A Thousand Years On'. It presents a snapshot of the village at the present time and also chronicles some of its history over the Millennium. It consists of 118 pages of articles and photographs and is a valuable historical record of the Parish. It has received a good review from local historians. Anyone interested in the Brailsford name would appreciate it. It is £15 and can be sent anywhere. Please contact me for further information. Thank you. Mary Cox
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