English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Dale Abbey

Major Settlement in the Parish of Dale Abbey

Historical Forms

  • Depedala, Depedal(e) 1158 P Hy2 Dale Hy2 AddCh John Dale Ed1 ib
  • (la) Dal(e), (le) Dal(e), Dala, Dalle late12th Dale e.13th StoweCh c.1213 Darley


The site of the abbey was in a place called Deepdale, 'deep valley', v. dēop , dæl 1 , this being shortened to Dale. The abbey is very frequently referred to as de parco Stanley (e ), parcum Stanley (e ) from its situation in what was then Stanley Park, v. park and cf. Stanley infra 607.