Dale Abbey Parish Council

Serving the people of Dale Abbey

Clerk: Laura Storey
PO Box 8108, Derby, DE1 0ZU

Tel: 07810 717534

  • Carpenters Arms

    Carpenters Arms

  • Dale Abbey Cave

    Dale Abbey Cave

Hidden away in the Erewash valley, Dale Abbey is affectionately known as the 'Jewel of Erewash'.

It is rich in history with its Abbey Ruins, All Saints Church and Hermits Cave.

Many visitors flock to the area each year to take in the scenery, of which the local people are rightly proud.

Dale Abbey is roughly mid-way between Derby and Nottingham, some four miles south-east of Ilkeston.

The historic importance of Dale began around 1130 when a Derby baker had a vision of the Virgin Mary, telling him to go to Depedale (the old name, meaning deep valley) to worship God.

The Hermitage (pictured above) is a scheduled ancient monument located within Hermit's Wood. This wood is a relic of the ancient forest that used to cover much of this part of Derbyshire and is itself on the County Register of Biologically Important Sites.

Although Augustinian Canons came to Depedale in the 1150's it was not until about 1200 that the Abbey of St Mary was founded. The abbey flourished and owned 24,000 acres of land until the disolution of the monasteries in 1536.

Today however all that remains of this splendid building are the 13th century east window and the abbey gatehouse which is behind the former Methodist Chapel, now the Gateway Christian Centre. The former gatehouse was used as a jail in the 18th and 19 centuries.

Walls and stone from the abbey are incorporated in a number of local buildings. Excavations in the 1870's, 1880's and 1930's exposed parts of the abbey including the Presbytery.

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The unique semi-detached Church of All Saints, part of which was built by the hermit, became the chapel for the abbey infirmary. The stonework by the hymn board is believed to be part of the original building.

The Church is in regular use and has hardly changed since 1634, retaining it box pews. Attached to the Church is the Verger's farmhouse, a former public house which was demolished and rebuilt around 1883. This eventually became a private dwelling, which it remains to this day.

To the east of the abbey window are the earth banks which dammed the Sow Brook to make a monastic fishpond. To the north is the former village school.

The village and its surroundings were made a Conservation Area in 1972 to safeguard the beauty, peace and historic interest of the area.

On the hill north of the village is the Cat and Fiddle windmill, one of the last in Derbyshire to retain its machinery. It was built in the 18th century and is one of the oldest types of mill.

The area many footpaths enable visitors to enjoy the village and the surrounding countryside.

A warm welcome awaits you!

Latest News

Accident reporting A6096

For some time now your Parish Council have become increasingly concerned about road safety along the section of the A6096, top road, that runs through our Parish. More »

Some time ago Derbyshire County Council Highways Department changed the configuration of the white lines at the Cat & Fiddle Lane junction, which in our opinion made the junction more dangerous than it was previously.

Road traffic accidents and sadly, fatalities are becoming more common, the Parish Council have been in regular contact with the Highways Dept. to report every incident we become aware of. Worryingly they tell us they have no record of many of the incidents we report and are unwilling to attend a site meeting to witness the problems first hand.

The Parish Council is now recording every incident and near miss we become aware of, and this is where we need your help. We ask you to please record every incident and near miss you witness or become aware of and pass the information on to the Parish Council.

Please include as much information as possible, date, time, number and type of vehicles involved any injuries you are aware of and was the incident attended by either Police or Ambulance Service.

Please pass the information on to Laura our Clerk:

by email: contact@daleabbey-pc.org.uk

or call Laura on 07810 717534

All information supplied will be recorded and used to strengthen our case when presented to Derbyshire County Council Highways Dept.

Your help and support is much appreciated. » Less

Posted: Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:06 by Laura Storey

Derbyshire County Council Mobile Library Service

Derbyshire County Council Mobile Library Service

Mobile Library Service

Derbyshire Library Service has two mobile libraries, based at Buxton and Long Eaton, serving around 150 communities across the county. These communities are visited once every four weeks and the mobile libraries offer a range of services for everyone including fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, large print books, books on tape and books on CD as well as a selection of local studies books and information. More »

The mobile libraries have a lift for wheelchair users and people with mobility problems.

To view current routes/timetables please visit Derbyshire County Council's website (opens in a new window) » Less

Posted: Tue, 28 May 2019 13:19 by Tina Britt