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Derby is one of the UK’s major cities, located in the East Midlands to the south of the county of Derbyshire. The city lies on the banks of the River Derwent and is considered to be the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution due to its strategic positioning.

Industry in Derby

Derby was the centre of the Industrial Revolution and was home to the first water powered silk mill in Britain. The City of Derby has a strong roots in the history of engineering and after the merging of the North Midlands Railway, the Midlands Counties Railway and the Birmingham and Derby Junction Railway, Derby became the headquarters of the railway.

Derby witnessed an industrial boom with the opening of a car and aircraft factory by Rolls Royce and is still home to the company today. The world renowned aero-engine manufacturer has made Derby an internationally renowned centre for advanced transport manufacturing. Rolls Royce have since been joined by Derby Litchurch Lane Works – the last UK based train manufacturer and is also home to Toyotas UK headquarters. This booming manufacturing sector not only maintains Derby’s economy, but helps to maintain the housing market due to the high volume of those employed in the city.

Getting around in Derby

Derby’s strategic position means that it benefits from extensive transport links within the city and to the rest of the country making it a desirable location from a property point of view. The M1 motorway passes just ten miles from the east of Derby linking the city to London, Sheffield and Leeds. The M6 also links the city to Manchester with a number of A Roads providing alternative links to other areas of the UK. The city has been served by a railway service since 1840 and today benefits from a direct route to London St Pancras taking well under two hours. This makes Derby a desirable location for those looking to live in the Midlands and commute to London. The city also benefits from the East Midlands Airport, just 15 miles from the city centre. The airport is serviced by a number of budget airlines providing a domestic service to a wealth of European destinations.

Culture in Derby

Derby holds an annual open-air concert in Darley Park. The concert is one of the biggest free events of its kind and is performed by the Sinfonia Viva, a professional chamber based orchestra based in the city. Derby also has a thriving jazz scene and is home to the Derby Jazz Group – one of the UK’s leading live jazz organisations. The Derby Theatre is also a highlight of Derby’s cultural scene along with the QUAD centre for art and film. There also a thriving amateur theatre group scene in Derby making it popular for aspiring performers.

Buying in Derby

Derby’s extensive transport links and close proximity to the capital make it a desirable place for many to live. It’s prominence in the engineering and manufacture sectors also make it a popular destination for many to look for work.

Derby offers a city lifestyle at well below the national average ouse price, let alone the London average. Moving to Derby? Why not try Duffield. Although it is a little more expensive than the rest of the city, it has one of the best state secondary schools in the area so is ideal for those looking to the future.

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