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Dove Bridge
Location: 52°54’15"N, 1°49’28"W
Population: 1,622  (2011)
Post town: Ashbourne
Postcode: DE6
Dialling code: 01889
Local Government
Council: Derbyshire Dales
West Derbyshire

Doveridge is a village and parish in Derbyshire, near the border with Staffordshire and about a mile and a half east of Uttoxeter. Its name comes from its bridge over the river Dove (i.e. Dove(B)ridge), a tributary of the River Trent. The civil parish population (including Oaks Green) as taken at the 2011 Census was 1,622.[1]

Doveridge has a pub, the "Cavendish Arms", a village shop, and a working men's club. The village also has a football team and a cricket team, both quite successful in their local leagues.


Doveridge was recorded in the Domesday Book, under the old English name "Dubbige", as belonging to Henry de Ferrers[2] and being worth one hundred shillings.[3]

According to legend, Robin Hood and Maid Marian were married under the old yew tree in the churchyard of St Cuthbert's Church in the village. The church is over 900 years old and has an historic peal of bells.

The A50 road from Derby to Stoke-on-Trent used to run through the village. In the 1960s it was planned to widen this road, and Cavendish Lodge, a splendid 16-room, 17th-century hunting lodge, belonging to the Lewis family, was knocked down. Shortly afterwards the road widening plan was dropped; however a by-pass was built in 1998 to the north of the village.


  1. "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  2. Henry was given a large number of manors in Derbyshire including Tissington, Hartshorne, Cubley, Aston-on-Trent and Cowley,
  3. Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN 0-14-143994-7 p.746
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