Alsop en le Dale

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Alsop en le Dale
Alsop en le Dale Church - - 205725.jpg
The church at Alsop en le Dale
Alsop en le Dale is located in Derbyshire
Alsop en le Dale
Alsop en le Dale
Location within Derbyshire
OS grid referenceSK160551
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAshbourne
Postcode districtDE6
AmbulanceEast Midlands
EU ParliamentEast Midlands
List of places
53°05′36″N 1°45′42″W / 53.0933°N 1.7618°W / 53.0933; -1.7618Coordinates: 53°05′36″N 1°45′42″W / 53.0933°N 1.7618°W / 53.0933; -1.7618

Alsop en le Dale is a village in Derbyshire, England about 5 miles (8.0 km) north of Ashbourne close to the Staffordshire border, and a mile from Dovedale, a popular tourist location.

Comprising a few cottages and scattered farms, the village was mentioned in the Domesday Book under Derbyshire in the lands belonging to the king.[1] The book which was written in 1086 said:

In Parwich are two carucates of land to the geld. There is land for two ploughs. It is waste. Kolli holds it of the king and he has three villans with two bordars with three ploughs. There are twelve acres of meadow. To this manor belong berewicks of Alsop-en-le-Dale, Hanson Grange and Cold Eaton. There are 2 carucates of land to the geld. There is land for two ploughs. It is waste.[2]

The Church of St. Michael and All Angels is of Norman origin, but was restored in the 19th century. The church serves the hamlets of Alsop Moor, Cold Eaton and Newton Grange.

Alsop Hall opposite the church, was built in the late 16th century for the Alsop family.

The village formerly had a station on the railway line connecting Ashbourne and Buxton. Located to the west and above the village, the station is a now a car-park and access point for the Tissington Trail, a 13-mile (21 km) bridleway and walk/cycle path that utilizes this section of the line. Opened in 1971, it is part of the National Cycle Network.

The village is a convenient starting point for walks into Wolfscote Dale, which lies on the River Dove between Dovedale and Hartington village.

The derivation of “Alsop en le Dale” is the product of a two-stage process: “Alsop” originates from “Ælli’s little valley” (Old English hop), whilst en le Dale is from the Old French for “in the” and the Old English dœl (valley).[3]


  1. ^ King William held a number of manors in Derbyshire including Weston-on-Trent, Melbourne, and Newton Solney.
  2. ^ Domesday Book, a complete translation, Ann Williams and GH Martin (Eds), p742, ISBN 0-14-051535-6, 2002
  3. ^ Field, John (1980). Place-names of Great Britain and Ireland. Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles. p. 23. ISBN 0389201545. OCLC 6964610.

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