|Darley Dale : St. Helen's Church
This photograph of St. Helen's Church at Darley Dale was taken
to Canada as a reminder of home when John A Potter and
his family, who had lived below Oaker Hill, emigrated.
The picture probably dates from around 1910.
"But the finest thing about Darley Dale is the marvellous
old yew tree in the churchyard of Church Town, a few minutes'
walk from Darley Station. A church of St. Helen has stood here
for many centuries, as the stone coffins and sculptured lids
now set up in the porch bear witness.".
"The yew stands opposite the south porch, surrounded
- most wisely, considering the vandals with pocket knives who
infect the roads - with spiked iron railings. It is not as
tall in the bole as most ancient yews, for it divides almost
immediately into two main trunks, and then sub-divides again
into scores of branches of varying thickness. Many of these
were lopped off around 1820".
The church about 1900. Note the different lamp
1. Photograph kindly donated by Denis Potter © 2004.
2. "Darley Dale Parish Church". Stengel & Co.
Ltd., 39 Redcross Street, London E. C. No.16179. Not posted,
but side band and undivided back, so about 1900.
In the collection of, provided by, researched and written
by © Ann Andrews Intended for personal use only
 There are more Potter family
photographs in the Matlock section of the site. See: John
Allen Potter & family
 Firth, J. B. (1908) "Highways
and Byways in Derbyshire" MacMillan & Co.,
More on site information about Darley and the surrounding
Lantern Slide of St. Helens
1891 Directory, Darley
1828-9 Directory, with Matlock, Matlock Bath and Bonsall
includes Darley names
Manuscripts, Derbyshire for more information about
Derbyshire deeds, pedigrees, documents and wills
Whitworth - "Lives Which Hung by a Thread",
a magazine article about the Whitworth Sharpshooter which
now includes (Dec 2008) additional material about both
Whitworth and the development of the rifle.
Elsewhere on the Web
- Darley Dale