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“A peaceful spot of history”
Review of Dale Abbey Ruins

Dale Abbey Ruins
Reviewed 25 July 2017

Interesting spot in the village of Dale Abbey a peaceful typical English village. Lovely walks and views around this area. A bit difficult to access all of the ruins.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Martin T
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

Picturesque Dale Abbey is situated between Spondon and Ilkeston in the borough of Erewash. Visit the ruins of St Marys Abbey, the tiny church of All Saints and wander Hermits wood and find the Hermitage (listing under Ilkeston as The Hermitage).

Date of experience: November 2016
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Reviewed 25 October 2016

The story begins in the 11th century when a Derby baker sees an image of the Virgin Mary and feels the desire to devote his life to solitude and prayer. He carves a dwelling place into the stone on a hillside a few miles outside the city. Within a few decades the local landowner Sir Ralph Fitz Geremund is moved to provide him with the funds to build a dedicated church and home where the diminutive All Saints church stands today. After his death the location is afforded religious significance and before long an abbey, 'Dale Abbey', is built on nearby fields in 1162. There it stood for over 300 years until destroyed by Henry VIII's Act of Dissolution. Today it remains a ruin, but the tiny 12th century church of All Saint's (just 26 by 25 feet - one of the smallest and oldest in the Britain) is a historical treasure and contains many unique ancient features. Meanwhile the original cave first occupied by the Derby baker turned hermit is accessed via the woodland behind the church, known as 'Hermit's Wood'.

Date of experience: October 2016
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