On 20th October, on the 200th Anniversary of this event, Michael Parkin will talk about “The Pentrich Revolution – 1817”

On 17th November, Phillip Lea will present Part 2 of his “Steam Trains” talk with slides.


Darley Hall Ice House Community Dig

The Ice-House Dig is over and we have found the foundations of a “Game-Larder” rather than an underground “Ice-House”; apparently the Ordnance Survey map-makers did not distinguish and called them both “Ice-houses”.  Thanks to Trent & Peak Archaeology for their planning and organisation of The Dig, thanks to Tanya Spilsbury of Darley Abbey Sanctuary (The Stables) for use of the Bakehouse as HQ, thanks to the many Volunteers who came and dug, and thanks to our own DAHG Team for all the time and effort that went into the whole project.

Here’s a collage of some of our pictures 

The site is now back-filled, but we think that Derby Parks will want to resurrect the foundations next year, repair them and make them into a visitor feature, with landscaping and an interpretation board.  Unfortunately no (confirmed) remains of the Abbey were found, but medieval pottery and tiles were found (on display on Sunday at the Exhibition), proving that the Abbey was close by.  Darley Scouts, Walter Evans and The Old Vicarage Schools all visited The Dig and helped sieving and washing and recording finds.

Derby Telegraph and Radio Derby both ran a couple of articles and site visits, which must have increased the profile of the DAHGroup.

All in all, a good time was had by everyone involved, even if it was exhausting !


The next set of events are quickly upon us. These are;

On Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd October, Derwent Valley Mills/WHS Discovery Days, will be held in Darley. See this link, Web Pages Scroll down to these dates.

On Sat 21st, Roy & Sheila will lead a walk around the village looking at the locations of “Early Schools”; meet at Millview Gardens at 10.00am; finish at the Church at 12.30pm.   The Church will be open 12 – 3pm. again at 7.30pm. for the “Last Night at the Proms”.

On Sunday 22nd, Roy & Sheila  will lead a “Past & Present Darley Abbey” walk round the village; meet at the Village Hall, New Rd. at 1.30pm.

There is also a “Fungus Foray in Nutwood Nature Reserve at 10am – 1pm.

On Sunday 22nd, we will again mount a display of our Research and Artefacts in the Village Hall from 11am to 4pm.; this will include some recent Ice-House discoveries.  Volunteers will be needed for setting up, staffing and stripping down from 9am to 5pm – please sign up.

The event will be shared with the Darley Abbey Thursday Artists Group exhibiting Paintings. More info at, “Where Can We Go” website.

Open Day’s Photos – 22 October 2017



Annual Membership :- £10.00 payable January*

Meetings charge :-  Members    £1.00     Visitors    £3.00

For 2018  there is a “Special Membership Offer” to 2017 non-member, Ice House Dig volunteers. Pay your Membership Fee and your meetings charge will be refunded for each meeting you attend in 2018, up to a maximum of 10.

*  Membership can be paid in the usual way, by Cash or Cheque to the Treasurer at a meeting. We can also accept payment by Bank Transfer to: A/c: 65131202  Sort: 08-92-99  [ Please quote as your reference, “SUBS – your surname” e.g. SUBS-SMITH ]

Newsletter Editor: Alan Bradwell

Blog Editor: Tony Lintott


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