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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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HEART OF ENGLAND: Including Derbys, Notts, Lincs ,Staffs, Leics, Warwicks,West Midlands and Northants. (The Hidden Inns)

By Barbara Vesey

Travel Publishing
Paperback (366 pages)

HEART OF ENGLAND: Including Derbys, Notts, Lincs ,Staffs, Leics, Warwicks,West Midlands and Northants. (The Hidden Inns)
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Another title in the Hidden Inns series of regional guides, which cover "hidden" pubs and inns throughout the United Kingdom. The series originates from the enthusiastic suggestions of the landladies and landlords of inns reviewed in the Hidden Places series of travel guides and from Hidden Places readers who want to be directed to traditional inns with atmosphere and character, which are so much a part of our British heritage. The inns reviewed in the book may have been coaching inns and have definitely been a part of the history of the village or town in which they are located for many, many years. All of the inns reviewed have been visited by a Travel Publishing researcher and all serve food and drink. Many also offer the visitor accommodation.

Complementing the Hidden Places of the Heart of England, The Hidden Inns of the Heart of England offers the visitor a wide selection of pubs and inns in a region rich in scenic, historical and cultural diversity. There is an informative introductory narrative in each chapter containing historical facts, important landmarks and places to visit. A full page is devoted to each pub or inn and contains an attractive line-drawing, full name, address and telephone number, directions on how to get there, descriptive narrative and a handy summary of opening hours, food served, credit cards accepted, accommodation provided, other facilities offered, entertainment as well as local places of interest and local activities available. The attractive full-colour cover features The Bull Inn, Clifton-upon-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, The Nelson Inn, Chorley, Staffordshire and The Anglers Rest, Bamford, Derbyshire.

Steamboats on Long Island Sound (Images of America)

By Norman J. Brouwer

Arcadia Publishing
Released: 2014-11-03
Paperback (128 pages)

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.

Derbyshire (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England)

By Clare Hartwell & Elizabeth Williamson

Hardcover (800 pages)

Derbyshire (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England)
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This is the essential guide to the architecture of Pevsner’s “county of contrasts,” home to an amazingly diverse assortment of landmarks. Among Derbyshire’s many distinguished country houses are Haddon Hall and Hardwick Hall. 17th-century highlights include the adventurous architecture of Bolsover Castle and the Baroque splendors of Chatsworth, while the dazzling Neoclassical interiors of Kedleston Hall are the summit of the county’s many Georgian achievements. Numerous spa towns, pioneering industrial settlements, and parish churches from Anglo-Saxon to modern are also included. The settings range from the Trent valley to the sublime landscape of the Peak District, making Derbyshire one of England’s most visually arresting counties.  


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