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Derbyshire's Location within England
Derbyshire's Location within England
Derbyshire's Coat of Arms
Derbyshire's Coat of Arms

Derbyshire's Districts

  1. High Peak
  2. Derbyshire Dales
  3. South Derbyshire
  4. Erewash
  5. Amber Valley
  6. North East Derbyshire
  7. Chesterfield
  8. Bolsover
  9. Derby (Unitary)

Derbyshire (pronounced 'Dar-bee-shur') is a county in the East Midlands of England, which boasts some of England's most attractive scenery. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire. The northern part of Derbyshire overlaps with the Pennines, a famous chain of hills and mountains. The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

It has a two-tier local government, with a county council based in Matlock and eight district councils. Apart from 13 towns with between 10,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, there is a large amount of sparsely populated agricultural upland: 75% of the population live in 25% of the area. Although Derbyshire is generally considered to be in the East Midlands, some parts, such as High Peak, are closer to the northern cities of Manchester and Sheffield and the people there overwhelmingly think of themselves as northerners.

Before 1998 the administrative county included the city of Derby. Derby is now a unitary authority, but remains part of Derbyshire for ceremonial purposes.

Status Ceremonial & (smaller) Non-metropolitan county
Region East Midlands
- Total
- Admin Council
- Admin Area
Ranked 21st
2,625 km²
Ranked 20th
2,547 km²
Admin HQ Matlock
ISO 3166-2 GB-DBY
ONS code 17
NUTS 3 UKF12/13
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
- Admin Council
Ranked 20th
371 / km²
Ranked 11th
Ethnicity 96.0% White
2.3% S.Asian
Executive Labour
Members of Parliament Margaret Beckett
Liz Blackman
Natasha Engel
Paul Holmes
Bob Laxton
Tom Levitt
Judy Mallaber
Patrick McLoughlin
Dennis Skinner
Mark Todd


Derbyshire was traditionally divided into six hundreds, namely Appletree, High Peak, Morleyston and Litchurch, Repton and Gresley, Scarsdale, Wirksworth. These were based on the seven earlier wapentakes recorded in the Domesday Book, with the merging of Repton and Gresley wapentakes.

Derbyshire had a detached part in north-western Leicestershire, surrounding Measham and Donisthorpe. This escaped regularisation in 1844, and was incorporated into Leicestershire in 1888 when the county councils were set up. The thin strip of Leicestershire between the exclave and Derbyshire, containing Overseal and Netherseal, is now considered part of Derbyshire.

Apart from this, some parishes in historic Derbyshire, including Dore, Norton and Totley, are now in the City of Sheffield in South Yorkshire.


This is a list of the towns in Derbyshire.

Places of Interest

  • Alfreton Hall
  • Alsop Hall
  • Arbor Low Stone Circle — English Heritage
  • Barlborough Hall
  • Bradbourne Hall
  • Bradley Hall
  • Bretby Hall
  • Buxton Hall
  • Buxton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Calke Abbey — National Trust
  • Carsington Reservoir
  • Chatsworth — a stately home, part of Treasure Houses of England
  • Coxbench Hall
  • Derwent Reservoir
  • Derwent Valley Mills — a World Heritage Site
  • Ednaston Manor
  • Eyam Hall
  • Fenney Bentley Old Hall
  • Flagg Hall
  • Glossop Hall
  • Great Longstone Hall
  • Haddon Hall
  • Hartington Hall
  • Heage Windmill
  • Heights of Abraham
  • Hob Hurst's House — English Heritage
  • Howden Reservoir
  • Ilam Hall
  • Kedleston Hall
  • Kinder Scout
  • Ladybower Reservoir
  • Longdendale chain of reservoirs
  • Longdendale Trail, a long distance footpath
  • Longford Hall
  • Mam Tor
  • National Tramway Museum, Crich
  • National Stone Centre, Wirksworth
  • Nine Ladies Stone Circle — English Heritage
  • Norbury Hall
  • Ogston Reservoir
  • Parwich Hall
  • Peveril Castle
  • Renishaw Hall
  • Riber Castle
  • Speedwell Cavern
  • Sudbury Hall — National Trust
  • Sutton Scarsdale Hall — English Heritage
  • Thornbridge Hall
  • Tissington Hall
  • Well dressing — an ancient custom
  • Wingfield Manor — English Heritage
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