Place:Darley Abbey, Derbyshire, England

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NameDarley Abbey
Alt namesDarley-Abbeysource: spelling variation
Little Derbysource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeExtra parochial area, Civil parish
Coordinates52.941°N 1.479°W
Located inDerbyshire, England
See alsoDerby St. Alkmund, Derbyshire, Englandancient parish of which it was part
Morleston and Litchurch Hundred, Derbyshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Belper Rural, Derbyshire, Englandrural district in which it was situated 1894-1968
Derby, Derbyshire, Englandcounty borough and unitary authority covering the area
source: Family History Library Catalog
the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Darley Abbey is an historic mill village, now a suburb of the city of Derby, England. It is located approximately 1.4 miles (2.3 km) north of the city centre, on the west bank of the River Derwent, and forms part of the Darley ward along with Little Chester and the West End. The settlement dates back to the medieval era, when it was the site of an Augustinian monastery. In the 18th century, the Evans family developed their planned industrial mill village in the area.

For more information, see the EN Wikipedia article Darley Abbey.

Darley Abbey was originally an extra parochial area adjacent to the ancient parish of Derby St. Alkmund in the north of the city of Derby. It was part of the Morleston and Litchurch Hundred of Derbyshire, England.

It was made a civil parish in 1894 and became part of the Belper Rural District. In 1968 it was absorbed into the county borough of Derby and is now part of the unitary authority named the City of Derby. (Source: A Vision of Britain through Time)

Research Tips

  • British History Online (Victoria County Histories) does not appear to cover Derbyshire geographically. A History of the County of Derby: Volume 2, edited by William Page is a part-volume covering the religious houses of the county. No further volumes have been found.
  • GENUKI main page for Derbyshire which provides information on various topics covering the whole of the county, and also a link to a list of parishes. Under each parish there is a list of the settlements within it and brief description of each. This is a list of pre-1834 ancient or ecclesiastical parishes but there are suggestions as to how to find parishes set up since then. GENUKI provides references to other organizations who hold genealogical information for the local area. There is no guarantee that the website has been kept up to date and therefore the reader should check additional sources if possible.
  • The FamilyTree Wiki has a series of pages similar to those provided by GENUKI which may have been prepared at a later date and from more recent data. The wiki has a link to English Jurisdictions 1851 which gives the registration district and wapentake for each parish, together with statistics from the 1851 census for the area.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time, Derbyshire, section "Units and Statistics" leads to analyses of population and organization of the county from about 1800 through 1974. There are pages available for all civil parishes, municipal boroughs and other administrative divisions. Descriptions provided are usually based on a gazetteer of 1870-72 which often provides brief notes on the economic basis of the settlement and significant occurences through its history.
  • These two maps indicate the boundaries between parishes, etc., but for a more detailed view of a specific area try a map from this selection. The oldest series are very clear at the third magnification offered. Comparing the map details with the GENUKI details for the same area is well worthwhile.
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