"The general appearance of Derbyshire is exceedingly
dissimilar, its south and north parts exhibiting a striking contrast; the former
not being remarkable for hills or valleys, while the latter is eminently marked
by a continued succession of both..." according to Pigot's Directory of
1828. "The High peak is a region of bleak barren heights; but the scenery
is in many parts romantic and sublime, yet not partaking of picturesque effect,
beauty being resident only in the valleys; the high grounds appearing dreary and
sterile, without a tree or verdant sward to relieve the wearied sight of the
The climate of Derbyshire may be considered healthful: the
atmosphere is pure and the higher situations generally free from epidemic
diseases, though agues and fevers sometimes prevail in the valleys. One disease
is, however, endemic in those parts; this is the Bronchocele or "Derby Neck",
being an enlargement of the glands of the throat, and is a degree of the same
disease known in the Alps and other mountainous tracts. The High Peak is
particularly liable to violent storms, in which the rain descends in torrents,
so as frequently to occasion great ravages in the lands...
The manufactures which are carried out in this county are
various and extensive. With Lancashire it partakes in the manufacture of cotton;
with Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire in the weaving of stockings; with
Cheshire in the various textures of silk; with Yorkshire in woollen cloths and
iron; and to these may be added a branch in which it stands unrivalled, viz. the
forming numberless beautiful ornaments of Derbyshire spar..."
Family History, Genealogy and
Local History Research Information for Derbyshire
is an inland county of England, situated in the Midlands. It is bordered on the
north by Yorkshire and Cheshire, on the east by Nottinghamshire, on the south by
Leicestershire and on the west by Staffordshire.
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