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Famous Faces

Derbyshire is the birthplace and has been home to many famous, and infamous people throughout history. Here are just a few and the places of interest associated with them.

Mary Queen of Scots: Mary was for a long time under the care of the Earl of Shrewsbury, husband of Bess of Hardwick. See examples of her needlework at Hardwick Hall, or visit The Old Hall Hotel in Buxton, where she travelled to take the restorative waters.

Alice Bramwell Booth, co-founder of The Salvation Army, came from Ashbourne.

Florence Nightingale, lived at Lea Hall, near Cromford.

Sir Richard Arkwright, one of the founding father’s of the Industrial Revolution which changed the world. Explore the story and its origins at Cromford Mill and The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the valley that changed the world!

George Stephenson, civil engineer and railway pioneer, lived in Chesterfield.