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The Village Of Bradley, Near Ashbourne, Derbyshire

"People often ask where in the UK I am from and I tell them I was born and raised in Derbyshire and lived in a very small village just outside the market town of Ashbourne. When I say small, the number of residents is around the 300 mark and the school I went to had a total of 32 children – in the whole school – across 7 year groups. In my class was Brian, Jonathan, Daniel and Tim those where the boys and Wendy and myself. Yes just 6 of us in our class. So as you can see, I had a very small village upbringing.

I was raised by my Mum, Gran and Great Gran, 4 generations living in two cottages next to each other in the center of the village.

In 1984 I founded the first Sunday School in the parish located first at “Bradley Church of England School” which later moved to Bradley Church - (All Saints Bradley) and in 1985 I became Ashbourne Carnival Queen and served the town of Ashbourne for a year in civic duties."



Bradley was mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086 as belonging to Henry de Ferrers. The village was assessed being worth twenty shillings (a fall, having been valued as worth £2 in 1066), and having a taxable value of 1 geld un