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

14 June – News from Derbyshire County Council – Extra funding for community groups, Nutrition and Hydration Week, Talk Fostering

Latest news in this edition:

Extra funding for community groups More »

Focus on nutrition and hydration

Plea for Glossopdale to 'keep going'

Join our online event about fostering

Extra funding for community groups

Are you part of a group that's supporting your local community through the coronavirus pandemic?

We're allocating an extra £50,000 to groups in Derbyshire which are doing their bit to support people in their local area.

We are making the money available to local community groups via the Public Health Covid-19 fund which was set up in June 2020.

From helping a Chesterfield cancer support group to hold online sessions and enabling a Ripley running group to lead Covid-secure runs, a total of 34 community groups are set to benefit from the latest round of grants.

Focus on nutrition and hydration

Would you know how to spot the symptoms of malnutrition and dehydration in older friends and relatives?

As part of Nutrition and Hydration week next week we're encouraging anyone with older relatives or neighbours to look out for key signs they may be dehydrated or starting to become malnourished.

Signs of dehydration may include:

  • dryness of the mouth, lips and tongue
  • sunken eyes
  • dry inelastic skin
  • drowsiness
  • confusion or disorientation
  • dizziness and low blood pressure.

Signs of malnourishment may include:

  • reduced appetite
  • lack of interest in food and drink
  • feeling weaker
  • getting ill often and taking a long time to recover
  • wounds taking a long time to heal
  • poor concentration
  • feeling cold most of the time
  • low mood or depression
  • clothes starting to become baggy or too big.

More information, advice and support can be found by clicking the below links;




If you become concerned about the health of an elderly relative, consult an appropriate health care professional.

Plea for Glossopdale to 'keep going'

We're urging people who live or work in Glossopdale to remain vigilant as coronavirus cases continue to rise, including the Delta variant which spreads more easily.

Derbyshire's Director of Public Health Dean Wallace has renewed his calls for residents and people who work in the Glossopdale area to remain cautious, continue to get tested and have the vaccine when it's their turn.

Anyone with any of the three main symptoms of Covid should self-isolate immediately. The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

They should not leave the house and should book a Covid-19 test or ring NHS 119.

Residents without symptoms can visit a community testing site, pick up free testing kits from a local pharmacy or order rapid testing kits to be delivered to their home. Find out more about our community testing.

Join our online event about fostering

If you're thinking about offering a home to a child who needs one, we want to hear from you.

Prospective foster carers can join a 'Talk Fostering' event on Wednesday 16 June from 10am until 11am to find out how you could change a child's life.

The event is informal and relaxed. You can just listen in or you can ask as many questions as you like.

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Posted: Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:06 by Laura Storey

The mobile library service is being reinstated from 17th May 2021.

Link to latest routes here

Posted: Tue, 04 May 2021 06:20 by Laura Storey