Darley Dale

Extract from Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England, 1831.
Transcribed by Mel Lockie, © Copyright 2010
Lewis Topographical Dictionaries

DARLEY, a parish partly in the hundred of WIRKSWORTH, but chiefly in the hundred of HIGH-PEAK, county of DERBY, 3 miles (N.W.) from Matlock, containing, with the hamlet of Winsley with Snitterton, which is in Wirksworth hundred, 1830 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, comprising the mediety of North Darley, rated in the king's books at £9. 13. 1., and the discharged mediety of South Darley, rated at £9. 13. 0., which were united in 1774; it is in the archdeaconry of Derby, and diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, endowed with £2000 parliamentary grant, and in the patronage of the Dean of Lincoln.

The church, dedicated to St. Helen, is partly of Norman architecture. There is a school with a small endowment for the education of poor children. Fairs for cattle and sheep are held on the moors in this parish, May 13th and October 27th. 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., or in that of Stephen, to the honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the annual revenue of which, at the suppression, was valued at £258. 13. 5.

SNITTERTON, a hamlet, joint with Winsley, in that part of the parish of DARLEY which is in the hundred of WIRKSWORTH, county of DERBY, 1 mile (W. by N.) from Matlock. The population is returned with Winsley. It 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.

WINSLEY, a hamlet, joint with Snitterton, in that part of the parish of DARLEY which is in the hundred of WIRKSWORTH, county of DERBY, 3 miles (W.N.W.) from Matlock, containing, with Snitterton, 665 inhabitants.

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