Derbyshire Places of Worship

Dale Abbey (Ruins), Dale Abbey (36k) Above Photograph(s)
Copyright of Paul Slater
Dale Abbey (Ruins), Dale Abbey
Dale Abbey (Ruins),
The Village,
Dale Abbey, Derbyshire.


We don't know whether this Church 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 1145, but we understand it was closed in 1539.

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] The “Abbey of le Dale” became established some time during the late 12th century - various romantic tales exist of its founding, as can be read in a History of Dale Abbey.[1]

Our photograph shows the Abbey's main surviving fragment - the massive archway of the chancel east window, which according to the National Heritage List for England (NHLE)[1] shows indications of geometrical tracery, probably similar to that of Newstead Abbey and the Angel choir at Lincoln. The footings to the west of the walls of chancel and transepts partly survive, and fragments of the north-west walls also.

Please note the Abbey stands on private land, so access is limited.

[1] One of the Brief Histories & Local Topics on the Ilkeston and District Local History Society website.
[2] “The only official, up to date, register of all nationally protected historic buildings and sites” - the National Heritage List for England.[1]


Now or formerly Augustinian.

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 was located at OS grid reference SK4377038735. 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.

Information last updated on 25 Jan 2013 at 11:47.

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