Sir William Towle

William Towle was born in 1849 as the son of a blacksmith in Twyford. The Towles had long been in this trade, and it was perhaps expected that William would follow in his father’s footprints, but he left for Derby as a teenager to embark on an entirely different career – a career that would … Read More

Sir George Clarke Simpson

Derby has a created quite a tradition in honouring local heroes that are world famous names in their field but perhaps deserve a little more recognition in their home city and the plaque for Sir George Clarke Simpson is a great example. He may not have stayed in the city long, having been born on … Read More

Herbert Spencer

Herbert Spencer, born April 27th 1820 on Exeter Street, Derby, was a man that was easily distracted in his youth, with no clear goal or preferred discipline to follow into adulthood. He maintained a fairly standard occupation for a time in the late 1830s but his desire to dabble in different pastimes and explore new … Read More

Jedidiah Strutt

Not just a Mill owner Born in South Normanton in 1726, Jedidiah Strutt became a leading figure in the development of Derbyshire’s industry and the creation of communities in Belper and Milford, turning his back on a quiet country life to revolutionise the cotton mills and build the infamous Strutt dynasty. Jedidiah Strutt’s early life … Read More