St Matthew’s Church was built in 1819 and was the Evans family church and the villagers’ church. Some of the Evans family have graves in the graveyard and within the church itself is a crypt that contains the remains of nine members of the Evans family.
In the graveyard, workers’ graves are identified by a slate tablet, some of which are now located by the Fellowship Room to the left of the Church.
In December 2001, the Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire was inscribed on the World Heritage List. This international designation confirms the outstanding importance of the area as the birthplace of the factory system where in the 18th Century water power was successfully harnessed for textile production.
Darley Abbey contains the most complete of any of the cotton factory sites within the Derwent Valley.
Find out more information about the history of Darley Abbey here.
You can also find out what else there is to see and do in Darley Abbey here.