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Matlock, the county town of Derbyshire

Derbyshire (/ˈdɑːrbiʃɪər, -ʃər, -ɪ-/ DAR-bee-sheer, -⁠shər, -⁠ih) is a ceremonial county in the East Midlands, England. It includes much of the Peak District National Park, the southern end of the Pennine range of hills and part of the National Forest. It borders Greater Manchester to the north-west, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the north-east, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south-east, Staffordshire to the west and south-west and Cheshire to the west.

Kinder Scout, at 636 m (2,087 ft), is the highest point and Trent Meadows, where the River Trent leaves Derbyshire, the lowest at 27 m (89 ft). The north–south River Derwent is the longest river at 66 mi (106 km). In 2003, the Ordnance Survey named Church Flatts Farm at Coton in the Elms, near Swadlincote, as Britain's furthest point from the sea. Derby is a unitary authority area, but remains part of the ceremonial county. The county was a lot larger than its present coverage, it once extended to the boundaries of the City of Sheffield district in South Yorkshire where it covered the suburbs such as Mosborough, Owlthorpe, Jordanthorpe, Totley, Dore and Abbeydale. (Full article...)

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Duffield is a village, situated next to the River Derwent in Derbyshire at the lower end of the Pennines around five miles north of Derby, England. There have been humans in the area, probably, from the Iron Age. While it has been suggested that, once farming began, they would have inhabited the plains of the Derwent and Ecclesbourne, they would most likely have retreated to higher ground during the winter floods.

A few remains have been found of Anglo-Saxon occupation by a person, or persons, of some substance. The Domesday Survey records "Duvelle"" as being within the wapentake or hundred of Morleystone. In Norman times, Duffield Castle was built to protect the hunting grounds of Duffield Frith, awarded to Henry de Ferrers by William I.

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Toddbrook Reservoir was built in 1831 as a feeder for the Peak Forest Canal.[1] It is in the heart of Whaley Bridge in the High Peak, Derbyshire.

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  1. ^ Toddbrook Sailing Club accessed May 16, 2008