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Derby is a city in the East Midlands. As of the 2011 census, it had a population of 248,700.

Derby is credited as being the location were the Industrial Revolution began. The city was the site of the first fully mechanized factory in the world (Lombe's Mill), which was constructed in 1721.

Today, Derby is home to the UK's only train manufacturer (Derby Litchurch Lane Works - formerly known as Derby Carriage and Wagon Works), and the world's second largest aero-engine manufacturer (Rolls-Royce). Additionally, the automobile manufacturer Toyota has their UK base of operations just to South of the city at Burnaston.

Key Facts about Derby

Here are some key facts about Derby:
  1. Derby is a city in the East Midlands region of England.

  2. The city is credited with being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

  3. In the 19th century, Derby became an important rail hub.

  4. Today, Derby remains an important center of rail, aero-engine, and automobile manufacturing.

  5. Derby, although a large town with a cathedral, only acquired city status relatively recently. City status was awarded by Queen Elizabeth II on June 7th 1977 as part of the Silver Jubilee celebrations (marking 25 years since her ascension to the throne).

  6. Derby holds an important place in the history of the Labour movement. It contains one of only two seats won by the Labour Representation Committee (predecessor of today's Labour Party) in the 1900 general election.

  7. Derby is also well-known as a centre of the deaf community. It is believed to have the second largest deaf population (after London of any UK city, it is home to The Royal School for the Deaf, and the city is known for its strong sign language-using community.

  8. Derby Arboretum, which opened in 1840, was one of the first public parks in the world. It was visited by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1859, and is believed to have provided part of the inspiration for his design of Central Park in New York City.

  9. Derby can be reached by the M1 motorway which runs about 10 miles (16 kilometers) to the East of the city. A-roads to Derby include the A6, the A38, the A50, the A52, and the A61.

  10. Derby is connected by rail to London, the Northeast, and the Southwest. Passenger rail services at Derby station are provided by East Midlands Trains and CrossCountry.

  11. East Midlands Airport is about 15 miles (24 kilometers) to the East of Derby. It is mainly served by budget airlines, and provides flights to domestic and European destinations.

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Derby DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Derby, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)

By Younghusband European City Notebooks

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Derby DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Derby, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)
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This UK City Notebook is designed to inspire listmakers, curators and travelers to create their own city guide and city biography in list form and to journal the dickens out of their time in the city. This city notebooks is a do it (all) yourself notebook crafted for independent travelers and thinkers!

Derby is a brilliant city! Which begs the question, why not create your own city guide and keep a travel journal to help make your time there unforgettable, fun, and organized, eh?

You hold in your hands a journal and city guide re-invented for listmakers, curators, travelers, urban explorers and city locals alike! This notebook can help you keep all your important information about Derby organized and ready for when you need it and where you need it.

Use the pages of this notebook to document your adventures, experiences, thoughts, and memories. Have fun making lists of all the highlights and lowlights Derby has to offer. This is the perfect place to journal your time with boots on the ground in Derby! This is the perfect place to write down and organize everything you find fascinating about the city — which is why it's your diy city guide.

Make your time in the city more fun, more organized, more productive and more creative by making Derby DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Derby, England your newest and trustiest sidekick.

Steamboats on Long Island Sound (Images of America)

By Norman J. Brouwer

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2014-11-03
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Steamboats on Long Island Sound (Images of America)
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Robert Fulton built the world’s first commercially successful steamboat in 1807, but it was not until after the War of 1812 that these vessels entered service along the Long Island Sound. For 127 years, between 1815 and 1942, steamboats provided a link between New York and cities in southern New England, greatly reducing travel time. Steamboats served the Connecticut cities of Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport, Derby, New Haven, Hartford, New London, Norwich, and Stonington. They also linked New York to the Rhode Island cities of Newport, Bristol, and Providence as well as the southern Massachusetts cities of Fall River and New Bedford. The rapid expansion of industries in southern New England gave steamboats the additionally important role of transporting raw materials to mills and factories and their finished products to New York. Rivalries between steamboat services led to the construction of faster, larger, and more elegantly furnished boats, resulting in the “floating palaces” that were some of the largest and most majestic steamboats the world had ever seen.


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