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!

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Welcome to the latest issue of Community News. We've written this for local groups, clubs and parish and town councils, to keep them up-to-date with news from the council. Our aim is to send this newsletter out every fortnight.

If you've any queries please email us at news@derbyshire.gov.uk

Stay at home

Once again we find ourselves in a national lockdown and this will naturally bring feelings of frustration, sadness and even anger.

If you're struggling to stay afloat during these difficult times, there is help and support available if you need it with lots of advice around mental health and wellbeing on our website.

It's really important that we all stay at home as much as possible to crack down on this virus and help reduce the spread.

Government restrictions on travel mean we must reduce the number of journeys we make as much as possible and 'stay local' – which means avoiding travelling outside your village or town.

It means working from home unless you really cannot do your job without being at work and only leaving the house for:

  • essential goods and services
  • health care
  • outdoor exercise once a day either alone, with people from your household (or support bubble) or one other person.

Get all the information you need to know about the latest national lockdown on the Government's website.

Thank you Derbyshire. We will get through this.

Support for the most vulnerable

Our Community Response Unit offers lots support for people who have no one else to help them out.

The team can help with food shopping and delivery, collecting prescriptions and can also offer a friendly check in call for anyone who lives alone and has no friends or family to call on.

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable you must take extra steps to stay safe during the lockdown period and the response unit is here for you if you need it. If you are shielding make sure you are familiar with the Government guidance.

You can request help online or by calling 01629 535091. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Learning from home support

Do you need a bit of support to help your child learn from home?

We appreciate that it can be difficult for parents to encourage their child to learn from home until they can return to school.

We know schools are pulling out the stops to help pupils learn online, but there's a list of resources on our website too to support your child's learning including links to online lessons, range of lesson learning packs and online safety tips. Find out more here

Still here for you

Almost all of our services continue to run as normal during this period of national lockdown but inevitably there are some restrictions on face-to-face services to keep everyone safe.

Take a look at our latest update to see what's open and which services are affected. Find out more here

Winter food vouchers

We've delivered almost 26,000 food vouchers to families across Derbyshire over the past few weeks to support them during the winter months.

The food vouchers are part of the £2.2 million from the Government's Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

The second set of vouchers will be sent to families in February to cover the half term period. Find out more here » Less

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Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Derbyshire will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. More »

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets. However if preferred, a printed version will be available on request.

"A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed", Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

"This could mean things like doctors' surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That's why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them."

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk. » Less

Posted: Mon, 14 Dec 2020 07:48 by Laura Storey