Traditionally, Derbyshire marks the start of the north of England, and the county was also at the forefront of modern thinking at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The chief inheritor of this legacy is Derby, the home of Rolls-Royce and Royal Crown Derby porcelain, and it remains a busy industrial centre today. An early landmark of this new age is Richard Arkwright’s mill and associated village at Cromford. In the south of the county are Calke Abbey and the charming ancient town of Repton.
However, the county is dominated by the Peak District National Park that covers much of its area. The first of the 10 National Parks, it is often divided into White and Dark peak as the landscape changes from deep limestone valleys to bleak, isolated moorland. Along with numerous attractive villages and small towns, ancient monuments and caves and caverns, the park is home to two of the finest stately homes not just in Derbyshire but in the whole country – Haddon Hall and Chatsworth.
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