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Darley Abbey, Derbyshire
19th Century Derbyshire Directory Transcripts
From: Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland
pub. London (May, 1891) - p.107
Kelly's Directory, 1891
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DARLEY ABBEY, on the river Derwent and on the road to Belper, 3 miles north from Derby railway station, is a chapelry, in the Southern division of the county, hundred of Morleston and Litchurch, Derby union, County court district and petty sessional division, rural deanery of Duffield, archdeaconry of Derby and diocese of Southwell. The church of St. Matthew is a building of stone, consisting of chancel, nave and a western tower, with pinnacles, containing one bell and a clock, erected by the late Walter Evans esq. : in the church is a marble monument to the founder, d. 9 Sept, 1839, and to Elizabeth, his wife, d. 19 March, 1836 ; there are many other memorials to different members of the same family, and one of marble to the Rev. William Warde Fowler M.A. some time curate of this church, d. 4 April, 1843. The register dates from the year 1819. The living is a vicarage, endowed chiefly by the late Walter Evans esq. gross yearly value £350, with residence, in the gift of Sir Thomas William Evans bart and Walter Evans esq, and held since 1876 by the Rev. Charles Brittan M.A. of St. John's College, Cambridge, and rural dean of Duffield. A good vicarage house was erected in 1880 by the late Miss Evans, of Darley House. Here is an extensive paper manufactory, and a large cotton mill, in which several hundred persons are employed. Darley Abbey, the seat of Walter Evans esq. M.A., J. P. is a handsome mansion of brick, on the west bank of the Derwent, in a small but well-wooded park and with tastefully laid out pleasure grounds. Walter Evans esq. and Sir Thomas William Evans bart. are lords of the manor and principal landowners, the ancient abbey of St. Mary was founded before 1112 by Hugh, Dean of Derby, for canons of the order of St. Austin. Its revenues were estimated at the Dissolution at £258. The soil is sandy loam ; subsoil, marl and clay, and the land is chiefly pasture : the acreage is 216; rateable value, £4,202; the population in 1881 was 945.

Parish Clerk, Edwin Brown.

POST & M. O. 0., S. B., Annuity Office & Issue of Licenses. -Joseph Henry Wigley, postmaster. Letters are received through Derby 4.30 a.m. & 5.30 p.m. & dispatched at 9.30 a.m. & 1.30, 5.30 & 8-40 p.m. ; & on sundays 8.40 p.m. Money orders are granted & paid from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The nearest telegraph office is at Duffield rd, Derby

National School (mixed), erected by the late Walter Evans esq. in 1826 at a cost of about £3,000, for 120 boys, 100 girls & 80 infants; average attendance, 70 boys, 59 girls & 67 infants; Alfred Thomas Wood, master; Miss Ann Batkin, mistress; Miss Lizzie Allen, infants' mistress

Allen William, Abbey lane
Brittan Rev. Charles M.A. Vicarage
Cavendish Col. Jas. Chas. J.P. Darley ho
Evans Walter M.A., J.P. Darley abbey


Brown Edwin, farmer
Bryer George, farmer, Mile ash
Coleman Thomas, millwright
Cooling Edwin, nurseryman & florist & seed merchant, Mile ash
Cordery James W. assistant manager to Messrs. S. Evans & Co
Evans Samuel & Co. paper manufacturers
Evans Walter & Co. cotton spinners & manufacturers
Holmes Francis, clerk to Messrs. W. Evans & Co
Keetley Thomas, bailiff, Elm cottage
Marriott John Edward, manager to the Messrs. S. Evans & Co
Prince Edwin, manager of cotton mill
Shreeve Harry, provision dealer, beer retailer, grocer, baker, boot & shoe dealer, & general stores
Wigley Joseph Henry, manufacturing jeweller, watch & clock maker & repairer & jewellery repairer, Post office

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