Dale Abbey Parish Council

Serving the people of Dale Abbey

Clerk: Laura Storey
PO Box 8108

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.


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

Erewash Community Transport Ltd. Dial-a-Bus Service

What is Dial-a-Bus? Dial-a-Bus is a transport service, specifically designed for older and/or less able people to do their grocery shopping. More »

It assists with integrated and independent living within the community and can be used by anyone living in Erewash who is unable to easily access regular public transport services (or for whom, public transport is limited or unavailable) for reasons of age, infirmity or disability.

Where does it operate? The service operates in the following areas: Long Eaton, Sandiacre, Draycott, Breaston, Risley, Sawley, Stanley, Stanley Common, West Hallam, Mapperley Village, Morley, Breadsall, Ockbrook, Borrowash, Little Eaton, Ilkeston, Kirk Hallam, Stanton by Dale and Dale Abbey.

How does it work? In order to use the service, a brief registration process applies which takes a few minutes and costs just £1.00 for life membership. On the day of travel, the driver will come to your door to collect you, assist you to the vehicle and take to a local supermarket where you will have approximately an hour and a half to shop, before returning home again. Our drivers are happy to help carry your shopping to your door.

How much does it cost? In addition to the £1.00 lifetime membership fee, the cost is £5.00 return.

How do I book? You can book your seat up to three weeks in advance by telephoning the office on 0115 930 9134 between 0900 and 1500 - Monday to Friday.

Can I travel in my wheelchair? Yes; we are able to accommodate those wishing to travel in their wheelchair, but we will need the make and model of wheelchair before you travel, so we can assess it can safely be used as a seat in the vehicle. We also ask that all wheelchairs are fitted with a correctly working lap belt.

We regret however, that for safety reasons, we cannot accommodate scooters (pavement vehicles) and some types of electric 'power' wheelchairs on our vehicles. A copy of our Wheelchair Policy is available on request.

For safety reasons we ask that bus aisles and exits are not obstructed and that shopping is restricted to two bags per person.

If you would like further information or would like a registration form, please contact us on 0115 930 9134. » Less

Posted: Sun, 03 Nov 2019 18:58 by Laura Storey

Christmas light switch ons

The Christmas light switch ons will take place on Tuesday 3 December at Kirk Hallam and Thursday 5 December at Dale Abbey from approximately 6.30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Music will be provided by Ilkeston Brass, the Mayor of Erewash Sue Beardsley and Reverend Christine French will be attendance.

Posted: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 08:50 by Laura Storey

Free Walking Festival in Amber Valley and Erewash 14 - 29 September 2019

This is a free Walking Festival led by volunteers. More »

This year's free Autumn Footprints Walking Festival (Amber Valley and Erewash, Derbyshire) is taking place 14-29 September - we do hope you will join us again this year. There are 42 walks this year - with something for everyone.

Please see the link to our website - you can click on each day to see the walks on offer or alternatively download the whole programme from the bottom of the home page.


Many thanks


Marion Farrell - Walking Festival Co-ordinator

Healthy Lifestyles Co-ordinator | Groundwork Greater Nottingham (BASED IN RIPLEY, Derbyshire)

Tel: 01773 841 483 Mob: 07801 122494

Post: Head Office Groundwork Greater Nottingham,

Unit A, Tennyson Hall, Forest Road West, Nottingham NG7 4EP » Less

Posted: Fri, 02 Aug 2019 16:42 by Laura Storey