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Name:St Matthew's Church, Darley Abbey, Derby
HER No.:18904
Type of Record:Building
Designation:Listed Building (II) 401106: CHURCH OF ST MATTHEW, CHURCH LANE


Built in 1819 as part of the Evans' workers village

Grid Reference:SK 350 387

Monument Types

  • CHURCH (Post Medieval - 1818 AD to 1819 AD)

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events: None recorded

Full Description

St Matthew. 1818-19 by Moses Wood of Nottingham for Walter Evans. Stone, unaisled, of Commissioners' type, with tall slender windows with Perpendicular tracery and angle pinnacles. The west tower is pinnacled too. Chancel 1885-91. (1)

Built 1819. Part of the village built by the Evans between 1782 and about 1825 for their workers. (2)

The Church of St Matthew was built in 1818-19 and extended in 1895-96. The architect was Moses Wood of Nottingham. It is a Gothic style church built from stone with a slate roof. It consists of an aisleless nave and pinnacled west tower. It was built at the expense of Walter Evans. The chancel, sanctuary, sacristy and vestry were added in 1895-96 at the expense of Walter Evans II. The churchyard has slate plaques commemorating the lives of Evans' employees and villagers.
The 18th and 19th century houses and schoolrooms in Darley Abbey built by various generations of the Evans family for their workers are of interest as a group to be compared with the Arkwright settlement at Cromford and the Strutt settlements at Belper and Milford. (3)

<1> Pevsner, N, 1979, The Buildings of England: Derbyshire. 2nd ed., revised, p 193 (Bibliographic reference). SDR12891.

<2> Craven, M, 1996, The Illustrated History of Derby Suburbs, p 54 (Bibliographic reference). SDR19698.

<3> DOE / DCMS, Listed Building Record, List entry number 1215814 (Listed Building File). SDR19551.

Sources and Further Reading

[1]SDR12891 - Bibliographic reference: Pevsner, N. 1979. The Buildings of England: Derbyshire. 2nd ed., revised. p 193.
[2]SDR19698 - Bibliographic reference: Craven, M. 1996. The Illustrated History of Derby Suburbs. p 54.
[3]SDR19551 - Listed Building File: DOE / DCMS. Listed Building Record. List entry number 1215814.