Derbyshire: Home of the Industrial Revolution

Derbyshire has a rich tapestry of mills, railways and canals to explore, boasting the world’s first water-powered cotton mill. At the heart of the industrial revolution, Derbyshire’s thriving coal mining economy has evolved over time. Rich in natural mineral resources – such as lead, iron, coal and limestone – mining is still a major industry here, where much of the stone is supplied as crushed stone for road building and concrete manufacturing across Britain.

Derbyshire’s diverse rural landscape varies from arable farmland in the flat lands south of Derby, to upland pasture, moorland and gritstone in the Southern Pennines. Home to the beautiful Peak District National Park, popular recreational pursuits for locals and tourists alike include rock climbing, hill walking, sailing and cycling. As well as Chatsworth House, linked to Jane Austen’s literary classic Pride & Prejudice, there are a plethora of National Trust properties, lands and gardens to discover dotted all over the delectable county of Derbyshire.