"DARLEY ABBEY is a small village and township, in the parish of St. Alkmund, about one mile N. from Derby; seated on the river Derwent, upon which are a cotton-mill and a paper-mill, affording employment to two-thirds of the inhabitants. The church, which has been erected within these few years, on the summit of a hill, is a beautiful structure; and from this situation the prospect is extensive. A large school-room has been built, in which the boys are taught reading, writing, and arithmetic, and the girls sewing; this school is supported entirely by Walter Evans, Esq. to whose munificence the village is also indebted, for the election of the church. The township contained at the last census, 1,170 inhabitants."
[Description from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835]
This place is also known as Little Derby. The parish is small, covering only about 325 acres. The parish has its own website, but there is no history provided there.
Darley Abbey has its own Village Hall. You may hire the hall for your reunion or to present an historical lecture and review. The Darley Abbey Historical Group meets here on the third Friday of every month.