Derbyshire Places of Worship

All Saints Church, Dale Abbey (1) (37k) All Saints Church, Dale Abbey (2) (33k) All Saints Church, Dale Abbey (3) (36k) All Saints Church, Dale Abbey (4) (42k) Above Photograph(s)
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All Saints Church, Dale Abbey
All Saints Church,
The Village, DE7 4PN,
Dale Abbey, Derbyshire.


This Church has (or had) a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in the 12th century, and we understand it is still open.

The following information about the Church has been provided to accompany the photographs on the right. A list of people who have supplied the information is included in the Acknowledgements, below.

[Image 1] All Saints Church, Dale Abbey is an interesting building because it has always been ‘semi-detached’. The left hand side (shown here) is the church, whilst the right hand side used to be a farm house, but is now a private dwelling.[1]

[Image 2] The description of the “Church of All Saints” in the National Heritage List for England (NHLE),[1] coupled as it is with “Vergers Farmhouse” suggests the the right hand (west) side of the building was originally a smallholding serving as a residence for significant church personnel. The account also suggests that whilst the history of the chapel is uncertain, it may have been the infirmary, and infirmary chapel to the Abbey. Certainly it seems more than a coincidence that the Abbey Ruins are close by, as is the case elsewhere, for instance at Flaxley, and Hailes Abbey, in Gloucestershire, where the connection between Abbey and Church is documented.

Pevsner's Buildings of England for Derbyshire (pp.162-163) dismisses the notion, saying there is no provable way of connecting All Saints with the Abbey. Indeed, he suggests that it was “perhaps the chapel of Depedale, mentioned in the late 12th century”; and “one of the smallest and oddest of English churches”. There is a footnote to his account also, attributed to “A. Gomme” that the house was once the Village Inn!

[1] “The only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites” - the National Heritage List for England.[1]

[Image 4] The Inscriptions read:

In Proud Memory of
The Following Men of this
Village who made the Supreme
Sacrifice in The Great War[2]

John William DEAUVILLEApril 7th 1916
Albert REDGATEJuly 1st 1916
William HITCHMANApril 12th 1917
George WILSONJune 25th 1917
Horace WHEATLEYSeptember 5th 1917
Samuel Ernest SMITHSeptember 16th 1917
Frederick WALKERJanuary 31st 1918
Albert FRYERAugust 15th 1918
George GREENDecember 5th 1918

At the base (right of front) -
South Staffs 4913468
Died April 17th 1945
1939 - 1945


Now or formerly Church of England.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Church is located at OS grid reference SK4373238580. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Dale Abbey, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.


A special thanks to the following people who have contributed information for this web page:

1. Information provided by Rosemary Lockie.

2. Transcription provided by Janet Kirk.

Information last updated on 25 Jan 2013 at 11:43.

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