The earliest recorded mention of Mickleover was in 1011, when an early charter has King Ethelred the Unready granting land along the Trent and Eastern Derbyshire, including land in the Mickleover and Littleover areas.
The village appears in the Domesday Book when it was owned by Burton Abbey. At the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086, Mickleover was known as ‘Magna Oufra’. ‘Magna’, in early Latin means Great; ‘Oufra’ coming from Anglo Saxon ‘ofer’, meaning flat-topped ridge.
The first industrial scale textile factory, a silk mill, was built in 1717 by John Lombe in Derby. Lombe had gained his experience processing silk in the smaller factory built and run by Thomas Cotchett of Mickleover.
Cotchett was born in Mickleover, the son of Robert Cotchett, an officer in Cromwell’s army during the English civil war. Thomas Cotchett lived in Orchard Street in Mickleover in what is now known as “The Old Hall” which was built by Robert Cotchett between 1640 and 1650. The house is the oldest house in Mickleover.
Over the last 12 months, up to August 2021, there have been 337 sales in Mickleover which is a drop of 31% on the previous 12 month period. Not surprisingly, Covid had a massive impact on the figures.
The average sale price in the period was £237,822. House prices grew by 2% in the last year and by 18% over the last 5 years.
The average price of a detached property was £324,062, a semi was £204,164, a terraced house was £170,486 and a flat was £111,966
Mickleover has had its fair share on new homes developments over the last few years. Remember we said that the have been 337 sales in the last 12 months, well 62 of these were actually new builds.
Current developments include Miller Homes and Redrow at Hackwood Farm and Bloor Homes who are building at Manor Fields Farm. Both of these sites are extremely popular and offers further proof that Mickleover is a very popular place to live.
So, what about the local profile in Mickleover.
Houses make up 93% of housing stock and 87% of people own their own homes with 9% in private rented accommodation.
There are just over 17,000 people living in Mickleover – an increase of 5.5% from 10 years ago. The dominant age group is 45-64 followed by 65 plus.
37% of households include families with children which brings me nicely onto schools.
Mickleover has a number of primary schools; Wren Park Primary, Mickleover Primary, Brookfield Primary, Silverhill Primary and Ravensdale Infants and Ravensdale Junior school.
There is also a secondary school, Murray Park School, which also borders the edge of Mackworth.
Residents of Mickleover can also attend John Port Spencer Academy, or Littleover Community School but it can be difficult to obtain a place because of high demand.
A Safe Place
Derby was voted the UK’s third safest large city in 2018 by Compare the Market. Crime levels in the area are low for the size of the city and health and social care are also rated highly in the survey.
Mickleover, together with other well populated suburbs such as Littleover, Chellaston, and Allestree are considered to be the best areas to live in terms of safety.
Homeowner or Buyer?
So, if you are looking to buy a property in Mickleover, please get in touch, we do consider ourselves the local Mickleover experts and I’m sure we can answer any questions that you may have about the area.
Or, if you are looking to sell your property in Mickleover, either to upsize or move to pastures new, then I’m sure that we can help you achieve an excellent sale price for you.