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Historical interest: Derby

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Derby has a history that dates to the Romans, who built a fort on high ground around Belper Road. The Romans stayed for over three centuries and then the Saxons arrived, sailing up the Trent. Many of Derby's suburbs owe their present names to the Saxons, who enjoyed 300 years of uninterrupted rule until the coming of the Danes, who captured Nottingham in 868 AD. Under the Danes, Derby became one of the five Danish boroughs along with Nottingham, Lincoln, Leicester and Stamford.

By the 13th century Derby had a thriving livestock, weaving and fishing industry and the Market Place became a busy commercial centre. Street names began to appear and around 1300 the Bridge Chapel was built, on the bridge over the river Derwent. Restored in the 1930s, it still survives today, one of only six in the country.

Other goods that were subsequently being made in Derby were soap, beer and cloth, until the 1700s, when silk mills began to appear. Robert Blakewell was a celebrated Derby ironsmith, whose work can still be seen in Derby Cathedral and the Old Silk Mill. The porcelain industry came to town in 1756, with William Duesbury, founder of the Royal Crown Derby porcelain. The 19th century saw the transformation of Derby from a county market town into a industrial town, with the growth of railway workshops and the arrival of Rolls Royce in 1907. In 1977, Queen Elizabeth II gave Derby the title of city.

Now, Derby is a vibrant, historic and industrial city. A survey in 2001 placed Derby as the best city in England and Wales in which to live.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Swallow Hotel Derby

Days Inn Derby South

Royal Stuart Hotel

Menzies Mickleover Court Hotel

Renaissance Derby/Nottingham Hotel

Makeney Hall Hotel

Days Inn Derby

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