Originally the location of the Roman settlement of Derventio in AD 600. The area is now known as Little Chester (or Chester Green if you are from Derby). There are some remnants of the Roman Settlement in the form of two ancient wells.
Derby was given city status in 1977, and now boasts a population of just under 250,000. It played a large part in the Industrial Revolution. This is evident in the many old factories such as the Silk Mill, or the Darley Abbey Mills which lie in the beautiful area of Darley Abbey just North of Derby.
In recent times the city has gone through a period of regeneration which is still ongoing. There are plenty of new shops, bars and restaurants opening on a weekly basis. A large number apartments and housing is being built in the city. One of the main housing developments currently ongoing is the Castleward area. This is a new housing project aimed at providing new housing and bridging the gap between Derby train station and the centre.
There is good shopping opportunities in Derby with the large Shopping mall, Intu and the popular historic street of Sadler Gate. Sadler Gate is well known for its independent shops and popular cafes.
Derby and Derbyshire have had some notable inhabitants; such as the artist Joseph Wright of Derby, Robert Lindsay and Erasmus Darwin.
Famously, Bonnie Prince Charlie marched all the way to Derby before turning back at Swarkestone Bridge. His time in Derby is well documented at Derby Museum.
Derby County or Derby’s main football team, they play at the iPro and are currently in the Championship tier of the English Football League.
Posted by: Love Derby Editor
on December 4, 2014