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When wandering around in the beautiful countryside and often spectacular scenery, it is easy to forget that Derbyshire was the cradle of the English industrial revolution.  At the outset, he River Derwent powered a succession of mills producing all manner of goods and stimulated the development of innovative processes, machinery and world class companies such as Rolls Royce.

The remnants of England's industrial heritage are now being turned into museums, the stately homes remain (albeit as museums), but the countryside is stunning, varied and alone worth the visit .

I had the privilege of living within easy reach of this beautiful county for more than a decade and never tired even of revisiting the same places on numerous occasions.

Hardwick Hall Chatsworth Calke Abbey Kedlestone Hall
Cromford Bolsover Stanton Moor Sudbury Hall
Eyam Ilam Elton Derby
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