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Darley Abbey, Derbyshire

Historical Description

Darley Abbey, a parish in Derbyshire, on the river Dor-went, adjacent to the Derby and Leeds railway, 1½ mile N of Derby. It has a post and money order office under Derby; telegraph office, Derby. Population, 848. There are an extensive paper manufactory and a large cotton mill. A small Augustinian priory was founded here in the time of Henry I. by the Abbot of St Helens, and given at the dissolution to the Wests. A mansion, called Darley Abbey, is now the seat of the Evans family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Southwell; net value, £300 with residence. The church is modern, and in 1886 was re-seated, and a new organ, pulpit, and handsome font were erected.

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, 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 Darley Abbey from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyCity of Derby
RegionEast Midlands
Postal districtDE22
Post TownDerby