In the heart of the midlands, spanning the river Derwent lies the town of Derby, Derbyshire's county town with a population 235,000.
Histiorically, Derby grew up from a Roman camp at nearby Chester Green, later to be fortified by the ruling Viking invaders during the 10th century, in fact the town's 2000th birthday has recently been commemorated.
In the early 18th century Derby was at the centre of the burgeoning Industrial Revolution, pioneering silk-milling machinery and techniques which led to cotton-milling and, eventually, a fiscally blossoming town.
During this period hero of Scottish folklore Bonnie Prince Charlie stayed at Derby on his way to London for an ill-judged attempt to gain the English crown.
These days the city is home to several big corporations such as Toyota and Rolls Royce who maintain Derby's industrial heritage.
The city is also famous for it's football club, Derby County, winners of the Football League title twice during the 70's.
For a more lengthy introduction, see the About Derby page.