two miles from the centre of Derby, the old village of Darley Abbey is
at its most impressive when approached along either side of the River
Derwent. The village itself is still full of interest, since the Evans
family, between 1782 and 1840, transformed it from a quiet little
backwater, and it retains an important place in the industrial history
of this country.
traces remain of Darley Abbey, founded in about 1140 and which later
became the richest and most powerful abbey in Derbyshire. The land and
properties owned by the abbey covered an extensive area not only in
Derbyshire, but also in Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire.