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Site record MDR10441 - Parkland and gardens to Derwentbank, Darley Abbey, Derby

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The park associated with the early 19th century Darley Grove (later Derwentbank) was originally 70 acres and had two octagonal arbours. The estate was offered to Derby Corporation in 1877; when they refused, the next owner disposed of all but seven acres of the park for private development, although some of this was purchased by the Corporation and survives as Strutt's Park. Parkland may be older. (1) In 1821 a central chunk of former abbey land fronting the Duffield Road, was appropriated for Thomas Bridgett's Darley Grove (see SMR 32298). Source includes a photograph taken in the park in the 1870s by Richard Keene, showing a footpath that still exists. (2) Park areas of Derby are mentioned generally in 'The Natural History of Derbyshire'- 'Derby, 122 Miles from London, took its Name from having been Park, or Shelter for Deer; it stands on the West Side of the River Derwent, and the South Side of it is watered by a little Rivulet called Martin Brook… this Town is, by the best Account, very antient; for we find it was a royal Borough in the Reign of Edward the Confessor, and much is said, in History, of the Revolutions and Fates it underwent in the Time of the Saxon and Danish Wars.' (3)

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  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Craven, M & Stanley, M. 1984. The Derbyshire Country House, Vol II. p 28.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Craven, M. 1996. The Illustrated History of Derby Suburbs. pp 51-3.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Martin, B. 1765. The Natural History of Derbyshire.



Grid reference Centred SK 34964 37603 (378m by 550m)
World Heritage Site Derwent Valley Mills

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  • EDR5140
  • EDR5209

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Record last edited

Apr 30 2024 11:47AM

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