Derby  Derbyshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Derby like this:

Derby.-- cap. of co., parl. and mun. bor., and market town, Derbyshire, on river Derwent, 42 miles NE. of Birmingham, 60 SE. of Manchester, and 127 NW. of London by rail, 3450 ac., pop. 81,168 (the parl. bor. was extended in 1885); 5 Banks, 6 newspapers. Market-days, Tuesday and Friday. ...

D. occupies a position nearly in the middle of England, and is the centre of the Midland By. system, containing its head offices and principal workshops. It has a grammar-school on an old foundation, schools of science and art, and a town and county infirmary; it also possesses a recreation ground, free public swimming baths, a free library, and museum buildings, all presented by Mr M. T. Bass. D. has silk-mills -- the first silk-mill in England was ejected at D. in 1717 -- elastic web-works, sparworks, and ironworks, and it has been long celebrated for its porcelain. D. is a place of great antiquity. It was the most southern town occupied by the Highlanders in 1745. It gives the title of earl to the Stanley family. Richardson (1689-1761), the novelist, was a native. The bor. returns 2 members to Parliament.

Derby through time

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Derby in Derbyshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 15th July 2024

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