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Derbyshire is one of the most interesting counties in England. Don't believe us? Then take a look at the facts below and you'll soon change your mind!

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Television comedy 'The League of Gentlemen' is filmed in Hadfield, a small village near Glossop in North Derbyshire.

Former Rams goalkeeper, Peter Shilton, holds the record for most international appearances for England.

Famous philosopher, Herbert Chapman, was born in Exeter Street in Derby city centre in 1820.

Notorious punk band, the Sex Pistols, were banned from playing in Derby during their 1976 'Anarchy in the UK' tour. Derby City Council banned the group because of their antisocial antics.

Coronation Street actress, Tracey Shaw hails from Belper. She spent two years studying at South East Derbyshire College in Ilkeston.

The Peak District was the first national park in the country and the Arboretum park was the first public park in Britain.

Kathleen Kennedy, sister of JFK, is buried in Edensor churchyard. She was married to the Duke of Devonshire's elder brother.

Derbyshire's only number one single came courtesy of Jyoti Mishra aka White Town. His single 'Your Woman' reached the top of the charts in January 1997.

The UK's first purpose-built basketball arena is in Derby. It's called the Thunderdome and is on Colombo Street - near to the Baseball Ground.

Derby, as we know it today, was founded by King Edward the Elder in 921 as a bastion against the resurgence of Vikings in the East Midlands.

The world's biggest ever bowl of popcorn was prepared at UCI cinema at the Meteor Centre in 1991. It took staff from the cinema three days to complete the record, starting on August 23 and finishing on August 26.

Barnes Wallis, who developed the world famous bouncing bombs during World War II, was born in Ripley in 1887. Bouncing bomb crews carried out practice runs over Ladybower reservoir.

Branko Strupar
Branko Strupar

Rams striker Branko Strupar scored the first Premiership goal of the new millennium. It came after four minutes against Watford at Pride Park.

Fiona May, who represents Italy in Athletics, was raised in Derby. Like Tracey Shaw, she attended South East Derbyshire College.

The Peak District contains over 50 reservoirs and several villages had to be submerged to make way for them, including Derwent and Ashopton.

Ellen MacArthur, from landlocked Whatstandwell, made history this year when she became the fastest woman to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe non-stop.

TV series Peak Practice is set in the fictional village of Cardale - this is, in fact, Crich in Derbyshire. The popular series has filmed at several locations around the county.

George Clarke Simpson, who accompanied Captain Scott on his ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic in 1912, was born in Derby. He lived above his father's hardware shop in East Street in the city centre.

In Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice', Mr Darcy's huge estate, called Pemberley, was set in Derbyshire.

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