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

Community Testing

We want to keep you informed about the community testing programme in your area and hope that you can help to spread the word through your communication channels and other contacts please. More »

Erewash residents are being asked to come for a coronavirus test as part of the county council's targeted community testing programme. Our testing centre is at The West Park Leisure Centre on Wilsthorpe Road in Long Eaton NG10 4AA. The opening times are 9am to 7pm every day. However, there will be no community testing available on March 4, 22 and 30 as the centre hosts regular blood donor sessions which will be going ahead as normal on these days.

Alternatively, if Heanor is more convenient for Erewash residents, they can use our centre there. It has recently moved to a new location at the Wilmot Street Centre, Wilmot Street, Heanor DE75 7EF and is also open 9am to 7pm daily.

One in three people who have the virus don't have any symptoms, so everyone is invited to come along and get a test to protect their family.

The testing is NOT for people with actual coronavirus symptoms - they should book a test – see here: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

You can find out more about the testing by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting » Less

Posted: Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:14 by Laura Storey

Census Questions

Even before Covid-19 arrived Census 2021 was planned to be a Digital First Census with most people completing the form online. ONS now has no expectation that it will be possible to provide face-to-face help to people to complete Census forms. Census Support Centres cannot at this time be classed as an "essential" service. Census Support Centre staff will not be able to support residents complete their Census questionnaire due to security and confidentiality restrictions. More »

It is hoped that most people will be able to complete their form themselves online or with the help of a family member. Each address in the country will be sent a 12 digit household access code to enter at www.census.gov.uk. It will also be possible to get help, a paper questionnaire or to complete on the telephone at the ONS Contact Centre: 0800 141 2021 this number will be operating from 1st March. » Less

Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 07:15 by Laura Storey

New local health apps library to manage your health and wellbeing from home manage your health and wellbeing from home

Online and digital health and wellbeing services have seen a huge boom in recent years but with thousands of apps out there it can be hard to know what is trustworthy. More »

That's why Derbyshire County Council has been working in partnership with The Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) to develop a new digital apps library.

Health and care professionals and Derbyshire residents can now search and download from 100s of quality assured health and wellbeing apps.

All of the apps on the new library have undergone rigorous checks by ORCHA to ensure that they are of the highest possible quality.

All the apps have been reviewed against over 300 criteria including ease of use, clinical/professional assurance and data and privacy.

Apps include help with mental wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and even long-term condition management.

Visit the new website at derbyshire.orcha.co.uk and search and compare apps for FREE. » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:35 by Laura Storey