Derby has not always been a city – it was granted city status as part of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations and has been improving ever since thanks largely to the presence of Derby University, established in 1992.
Derby has been around for centuries and was a key location for the Romans, who built the fort Derventio at Chester Green, a suburb of Derby close to an important crossing of the river Derwent. The area continued to be occupied after the Romans had left and during the English Civil War the Derby garrison of Parliamentary troops took part in several local incidents in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. In the Jacobean uprising of 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie led his army southwards, reaching Derby in December of that year. Owing to information that an army was heading up from the south, his generals persuaded him to head back to Scotland. It is believed that he turned back at Swarkestone bridge, just south of Derby.
During the Industrial Revolution, Derby developed as a significant manufacturing centre. The World’s first water powered silk mill was created here and is now an industrial heritage museum. The Silk Mill at Derby also marks the start point of the Derwent Mills World Heritage Corridor which extends along the banks of the river Derwent as far north as Cromford.
More recently, Derby became a major railway town, housing the headquarters and main manufacturing works of the Midland Railway, and is also home to the Rolls Royce aero engine manufacturing business.
Derby is reputed to be the most haunted city in the UK with many tales of ghostly sightings. There are plenty of grisly tales associated with Derby and Derbyshire so if you have been on out Jack the Ripper treasure hunt down in London, the Derby hunt could be an ideal location for your next team building treasure hunt! Or perhaps for a macabre themed Stag or Hen tresure or scavenger hunt.
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