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Facts About Derby
Derby’s early history dates back to its time as a military settlement. The town began life as a Roman fort, around 50 AD. The fort was built to the west of the River Derwent. Some 30 years later, another fort, known as Derwentio, was built, this time on the east bank of the river.
The Romans stayed for three centuries and when they eventually left, the forts gradually fell into decline. A century later, a group of Saxons arrived and established the village of Noteworthy near the site of the old forts, which they called Little Chester.
DANISH TO SAXON DERBY
In 873 AD, the Danes arrived in force, capturing the town and fortifying it with a ditch and earth bank. The town’s name was changed to Derby, derived from the Danish word ‘deor’, meaning deer settlement.
By the 10th century, the Saxons were once again back in control, recapturing Derby and bringing it within the English fold. It was still very much a military place, although as time went on, other tradesmen came to live and work here. By the end of the 11th century, Derby was a fair-sized town.
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