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Dale Abbey


  • All Saints, Dale Abbey (ex. par.), Church of England


  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

  • The table below gives census piece numbers, where known:

Piece No.
1841 H.O. 107 / 188
1861 R.G. 9 / 2491
1891 R.G. 12 / 2723


  • All Saints, Dale Abbey (ex. par.), Church of England

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Church History

  • In Norman times there was an Abbey of the Premonstratention Order here in Depedale or Deepdale dedicated to Saint Mary. It was reputedly the work of a man from Saint Mary's parish in Derby in 1135. The Abbey was subsequently founded in 1204.

  • Garth NEWTON has a photograph of the ruins of Dale Abbey on Geo-graph, taken in May, 2003.

  • The Anglican parish chapel is dedicated to All Saints.

  • The chapel is a simple structure. One end used to be a public house.

  • The chapel seats 100.

  • Graham BURNETT has a photograph of All Saints Church on Geo-graph, taken in August, 2008.

Church Records

  • The Anglican parish register dates from 1684 for marriages and 1702 for baptisms and burials.

  • Marriages at Dale Abbey, 1667-1813 are available in Nigel BATTY-SMITH's database of scanned images of Phillimore's Parish Registers.

  • The Methodists had a chapel here which was nearly destroyed by fire in 1844. It was rebuilt and in use by 1871.

Civil Registration

  • Civil Registration began in July, 1837.

  • The parish was in the Stapleford sub-district of the Shardlow Registration District.

Description and Travel

"DALE ABBEY, a chapelry in the hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, in the county of Derby, 5 miles N.E. of Derby. At Deepdale are remains of an abbey of Premonstratensian Canons, founded in Henry II.'s reign by Serlo-de-Grendon, and refounded at Stanley by Geoffrey-Saucemere, or Salicosa Mara, in 1204, in honour of the Virgin Mary; at the Dissolution its revenue was estimated at £144 12s."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin HINSON ©2003]

You can see pictures of Dale Abbey which are provided by:



Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Dale Abbey has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.


  • The parish used to hold an annual feast in early November.

  • In 1845 a Men's Friendly Sick Club erected a large room here. It was also used as an infant school.


You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SK436388 (Lat/Lon: 52.944803, -1.352609), Dale Abbey which are provided by:

Military Records

Politics and Government

  • This place was an ancient parish in Derby county and it became a modern Civil Parish when those were established.

  • This parish was in the ancient Morleston and Litchurch Hundred (or Wapentake).

  • You may contact the Dale Abbey Parish Council regarding civic or political issues, but they are NOT staffed to assist with family history searches.

  • District governance is provided by the Erewash Borough Council.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Smalley (Ilkeston Court) petty session hearings.

  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.