Pigot & Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835

“Darley Dale and neighbourhood”

Transcriptions by Rosemary Lockie, © Copyright 1996

DARLEY DALE is a hamlet, in the parish of Darley, which is partly in the hundred of Wirksworth, but chiefly in the hundred of High Peak, lying on the road between Matlock Bath and Bakewell, about five miles from either place. The situation of this hamlet is one of great beauty, being seated in a lovely valley, upon the banks of the Derwent.

The church, which is dedicated to St. Helen, is partly of Norman architecture, with a square tower, containing five bells: the living is a rectory, comprising the mediety of North Darley, and the discharged mediety of South Darley, in the patronage of the dean of Lincoln. In the church-yard is a yew tree, an object of considerable attraction from its immense bulk, its thick foliage, and the great extent of its spreading limbs. Darley is in the honour of Tutbury, duchy of Lancaster, and within the jurisdiction of a court of pleas held at Tutbury every third Tuesday, for the recovery of debts under 40s. A Benedictine abbey was founded here in the reign of Henry I, to the honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary - at the suppression of monasteries, its annual revenue was valued at £258. 13s. 5d.

The parish contained, in 1831, 1,937 inhabitants, and the hamlet of Darley Dale 1,266 of that number.

POST:- DARLEY DALE, John Young, Post Master:- Letters from BAKEWELL arrive (by mail cart) every afternoon at two, and are despatched every afternoon at five.

Broomhead Mr. Benjamin
Dakeyne Mr. John, (attorney)
Darwin Sir Francis, M. D.
Gisborn John, esq.
Heathcote Arthur Heathcote, esq.
Knowlton Thomas, esq.
Lawrence Rev. Benjamin
Potter Christr. Bower, esq. Darley hall
Saxton Rev. Solomon Cadman
Waltham Peter, esq.

Crispin, Sarah Millner
Nag's Head, John Piddock
Plough, Ann Allwood
Square & Compass, Robert Clayton
Three Stags' Heads, Etta Flint

Allonby Ellen, mistress of the national school
Allonby James, master of the national school
Cave Thomas, paper maker
Clayton Robert, blacksmith
Cowley Samuel, blacksmith
Dakeyne Edward & James, hydraulic engine manufacturers:-
  patent sydnope
Dakeyne James, flax spinner
Dunn William, auctioneer
Pickering William, druggist
Picklington George, shopkeeper
Taylor John, butcher
Townsend & Son, corn millers
Vaines John, boot & shoemaker
Young John, baker

Description(s) from Pigot and Co's Commercial Directory for Derbyshire, 1835.
Transcribed by Rosemary Lockie in May 1996.

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