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Darley Abbey

Darley Abbey

Within walking distance of Derby City Centre is the remarkable factory village of Darley Abbey, created by the Evans Family from the 1780s onwards and including St Matthew's Church. Pause beside the River Derwent, within sight of one of the most complete early textile mill complexes.




Darley Abbey is a village of delightfully restored mill cottages, built in rows or around squares. It was originally an Augustinian priory, founded by Robert Ferrers, second Earl of Derby, around 1146. The Abbey became one of the most important in Derbyshire, but was surrendered as part of the Dissolution of Monastries, in 1538, and almost totally obliterated.

The church of St Matthew was built in 1818-19 by Moses Wood of Nottingham for Walter Evans. It is stone built, unaisled, with tall slender windows. The chancel was built 1885-91. It contains monuments to the Evans Family.

Part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage

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