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Darley Dale, also known simply as Darley, is a town and civil parish in the Derbyshire Dales district of Derbyshire, England, with a population of around 6,000. It lies north of Matlock, on the River Derwent and the A6 road.The town forms part of the urban area of Matlock. It is a commuter town for workers in Matlock.GeographyThis article contains information on the area covered by the current civil parish of Darley Dale. The main built-up area of the parish extends for 2 miles along the A6 road north-west of Matlock, starting near the ARC Leisure Centre and ending near Stancliffe Quarry. It is bounded on the south-west by the River Derwent and extends over the hills and moors to the north-east as far as Darwin Forest Country Park.The parish includes the settlements at Darley Dale, Darley Hillside, Churchtown, Two Dales, Upper Hackney and Farley, but excludes Darley Bridge and Northwood. Darley Dale is sometimes confused with Darley Abbey (a mile north of Derby and with Dale Abbey (6 miles north-east of Derby).History Earlier versions of this article claimed that a Benedictine abbey was built in Darley Dale under the reign of Henry I in the 12th century - this is not supported by the evidence now available. St Helen's Church dates from the 12th century. The Wirksworth Moor to Longstone turnpike opened in 1759. The Chesterfield to Matlock, Darley and Rowsley Bridge turnpike opened in 1760. In 1849 a railway line opened for passenger traffic between Ambergate and Rowsley, with intermediate stations at Matlock Bath, Matlock Bridge and Darley (Dale). In 1873 a new railway station opened at Darley on opposite side of level crossing. In 1877 Rowsley railway sidings brought into use. St Helen's Church was restored in 1877. Whitworth Hospital opened in 1889. Whitworth Institute was erected in 1890. In 1890 Darley railway station renamed Darley Dale. The town grew in the 19th and 20th centuries around the lead mining, metal forging, railway and quarrying industries.
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