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This is the Umbrella Project Page for Derbyshire England.

  • Administrative centre Matlock
  • County Flower - Jacob's Ladder
  • People from Derbyshire are called - Derbian or a Derbrarian

Derbyshire (abbreviated Derbys. or Derbs.) is a ceremonial county of historic origin in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The area that is now Derbyshire was first visited, probably briefly, by humans 200,000 years ago during the Aveley interglacial as evidenced by a Middle Paleolithic Acheulian hand axe found near Hopton.

Derbyshire is a mixture of a rural economy in the west, with a former coal mining economy in the northeast (Bolsover district), the Erewash Valley around Ilkeston and in the south around Swadlincote. The landscape varies from typical arable country in the flat lands to the south of Derby, to the hill farming of the high gritstone moorlands of the southern Pennines, which effectively begin to the north of the city. This topology and geology has had a fundamental effect on Derbyshire's development throughout its history. In addition it is rich in natural resources like lead, iron, coal, and limestone. The limestone outcrops in the central area led to the establishment of large quarries to supply the industries of the surrounding towns with lime for building and steel making, and latterly in the 20th century cement manufacture. The industrial revolution also increased demand for building stone, and in the late 19th & early 20th century the railways' arrival led to a large number of stone quarries to exploit the natural resources of the area. This industry has left its mark on the countryside but is still a major industry: a lot of the stone is supplied as crushed stone for road building and concrete manufacture, and is moved by rail. The Limestone areas of central Derbyshire were found to contain veins of lead ore, and these were mined from Roman times.

For Historical information about Derbyshire visit Historical Derbyshire - including connections to Historical figures, Gentry and political people connected with Derbyshire.

For Information about research in the County and Families Researched on Geni (Including Emigrants) Derbyshire - Family Heads

For Famous or Notable People from Derbyshire visit Derbyshire - Famous People

Derbyshire Monumental Inscriptions and Graveyards

Information regarding processed cemeteries - WIP

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Parish Map

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from The Phillimore Atlas and Index of Parish Registers 1984.

See http://www.geni.com/photo/view/4560155096930045739?photo_id=6000000019088186001 - open full view.

Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derbyshire