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Dale Abbey, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Dale Abbey, formerly extra-parochial, is now a large scattered parish in Derbyshire, 3¼ miles N of Borrowash railway station, and 5½ NE by E of Derby. Post town, Nottingham; money order and telegraph office, Ilkeston. Acreage, 1599; population, 399. A priory of Black Canons was founded at Depedale here by Serlo de Grendon in the time of Henry II., and was succeeded by a Premonstratensian abbey in 1204. The buildings were grand and extensive, but only the arch of the east window of the church, and some parts which were converted into dwelling-houses and barns, now remain. The living is annexed to the rectory of Stanton-by-Dale, in the diocese of Southwell; joint net value, £280 with residence. Patron, Earl Stanhope, who is also lord of the manor and chief landowner. The church is an edifice older than the abbey, and at a short distance from the ruins. There is a Wesleyan chapel and a church school. Coal and ironstone are obtained.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDerbyshire 
HundredMorleston and Litchurch 
Poor Law unionShardlow 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Dale Abbey 1667-1813, Derbyshire is available to browse online., in conjunction with the Derbyshire Record Office, have the Church of England Baptisms (1538-1916), Marriages and Banns (1538-1932), and Burials (1538-1991) online.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Dale Abbey from the following:

Land and Property

A full transcript of the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Derbyshire is online.


Online maps of Dale Abbey are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Derbyshire papers online:

RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE7
Post TownIlkeston