History of Edale

Where does the name Edale originate?

Edale is a town and valley located in the centre of England. Edale’s name reflects its namesake’s strong environment, adept community and innovative forefathers in building a thriving centre of commerce from the ground up.

Called Aidele in the Domesday Book, the first public manuscript completed in 1086 recording most of the settlements in England and parts of Wales, the town has a rich history of successful commercial ventures despite a challenging rocky environment and remote location. Residents of Edale made strategic decisions over the centuries that today make it a magnet for people to visit, escape from the mainstream and location to get good perspectives.

Many businesses start from simple beginnings then the wise ones invest in technology to improve operations and move into new markets or use the skills around them to deliver a better product – like Edale. Foresters and cattle farmers settled the land originally in Edale Valley and created booths for shelter and protection. Agriculture led to manufacturing. The local corn mill built a pond, fed by the rivers and mountains nearby, and purchased looms to weave raw cotton into thread that was supplied to local cities. Packhorse trains of around 50-60 horses delivered the raw cotton. The leading horses wore bells which assisted those following in darkness and fog. Steam replaced water power as the industrial revolution created new manufacturing techniques. The proprietors moved from cotton thread to lace weaving when they saw the value in creating a finer product for the market. Edale’s philosophy to invest, improve and use local resources are true in our focus on financial services today.

Edale’s millstone logo mirrors the strong gritstone from the valley around Edale and direct relationship the millstone has to the product it produces. These millstones were an integral part of the original Edale Mill to make flour and characteristic of the local area.