Ockbrook is a village about five miles E of Derby. The church lies to the S of the village and consists of a wide nave, a N aisle built in 1814, a S aisle added in 1835, a chancel rebuilt by Thomas Pares in 1803, a S porch, and a W tower surmounted by a low spire. Almost certainly in the 12thc there was a chapel possessing rights of baptism, as proved by the surviving Norman font, the key Romanesque feature of this site. The oldest part of the church is the W tower, dating to the 12thc.
The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 the manor of 'Ochebroc' was held by Toki, son of Auti; in 1086 it passed under the lordship of Geoffrey Alselin, and valued £2. From the first decades of the 12thc Ockbrook was held by Ralph Halselin and his descendants; the church was granted to Shelford Priory (Nottinghamshire) by his founder Ralph Halselin.
|Diameter (inner rim)||0.49m|
|Diameter (outer rim)||0.68m|
J. C. Cox, Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire, Vol. 4, London 1879, 206-8.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, Harmondsworth 1986, 293.