Dale Abbey


Archives & Libraries

You may want to use the County Library at Ilkeston. They have a Local Studies Section and can help you with your search.



  • 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
1851 H.O. 107 / 2141
1861 R.G. 9 / 2491
1891 R.G. 12 / 2723

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 & 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: 52.944824, -1.352613), Dale Abbey which are provided by:


Military Records


Politics & 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

  • Bastardy cases would be heard in the Smalley (Ilkeston Court) petty session hearings.
  • There is an index of over 16 Dale Abbey Bastardy Papers held at the DRO on the Yesterdays Journey website. Select "Bastardy Papers" on the left side, then "Dale Abbey" from the list of parishes displayed.
  • As a result of the Poorlaw Amendment Act of 1834 reforms, the parish became a member of the Shardlow Poorlaw Union.