Located in the East Midlands, Derbyshire is home to much of the Peak District National Park. The county is bordered by Cheshire and Greater Manchester to the west, Yorkshire to the north and north-east, Nottinghamshire to the east and Leicestershire to the south.
The city of Derby is the largest settlement in the county and around a third of the county’s residents live there; other major towns include Chesterfield, Long Eaton, Ilkeston and Swadlincote. Derbyshire’s landscape is largely hilly, while the United Kingdom’s third longest river, the River Trent, flows through the county.
Evidence has been found to suggest the moving of humans into Derbyshire first occurred 200,000 years ago, but the Stone Age is thought to be the period in which permanent occupation began. Burial mounds dating from the period can be seen in the Peak District National Park.
Moves by people into the area were widespread during the Roman invasion, as the lead ore in the hills represented a useful commodity; the spa town of Buxton is perhaps one of the best examples of Roman heritage in the county.
In previous years, stone quarrying was a very important industry in Derbyshire, and while its significance has lessened in recent years the practice continues, particularly to produce supplies for road building. Derby has also been regarded as the origin of the Industrial Revolution, and this is reflected by some of the companies that are based in the county. Rolls-Royce, Toyota and Bombardier Transportation all have factories in the region, and collectively employ over 10,000 people. Rolls-Royce is the largest company in the county based on annual turnover.
Housing Market in Derby
Buxton has recently been ranked is the ninth best place to live in the UK by The Times newspaper. A multi-million regeneration scheme is underway in the county which is likely to see an increase in the number of people moving to the area, and also an increase in house prices. The current average property price in the county is £211,504, according to Zoopla.
Movers are attracting to the county due to both the favorable market conditions, as well as the benefit of having both great shopping and leisure amenities combined with the proximity to the Peak District National Park. the are 12 registered removal companies based within Derby that are members of professional trade bodies, depending on the type and size of you house removal it is suggested that the removal companies you ask to quote are fully insured for your house, office or storage removal.
Derbyshire’s overall population is estimated to be just over 1 million, as of 2017, making it the 20th most populous county in England. The county overall is not particularly diverse ethnically with only 1.4% of the population being born outside of Europe, though this figure rises to 9.3% in the city of Derby.
Derbyshire is a region full of market towns, and excluding Sundays there are usually multiple markets running every day of the week throughout the county. Derbyshire has a proud industrial heritage, and many cultural institutions preserve and promote this through a variety of attractions.
Derby County are Derbyshire’s most prominent football team, currently competing in the second tier of English football. Cricket and Rugby League are also popular sports in the region.
Did you know…
Jane Austen wrote her novel, Pride and Prejudice, while staying in Derbyshire. Also, Thomas Cook – founder of the well-known travel company of the same name, was born in the county in 1808.