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Derbyshire (pronounced "dar-bee-sh" /ˈdɑːbɪʃə/) About this soundlisten  is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire. The northern part of Derbyshire overlaps with the Pennines, a famous chain of hills and mountains. The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire.

Apart from 13 towns with between 10,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, there is a large amount of sparsely populated agricultural upland: 75% of the population live in 25% of the area. Although Derbyshire is in the East Midlands, some parts, such as High Peak, are closer to the northern cities of Manchester and Sheffield.

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Swadlincote is a town in the district of South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England. It is the main town of the district and the site of the South Derbyshire District Council's headquarters. The occupants of Swadlincote often shorten its name to simply 'Swad'.

The population of Swadlincote and its surrounding villages is approximately 33,000. It is made up of separate settlements - Swadlincote, Church Gresley, Midway and Newhall.

The name "Swadlincote" derives from the Anglo-Saxon "Swartlings Cottas", Swartling being an Anglo-Saxon man's name and Cottas meaning cottages. At the time of the Domesday Survey Swadlincote was just a small manor. The area remained rural until industrialisation in the eighteenth century. The presence of coal and clay in the area led to urbanisation as colleries, brickworks and potteries came to dominate Swadlincote.

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This one is of the notable 18th century Derbyshire judge Sir John Eardley Wilmot by Benjamin West. In the background is the same artist's painting representing American loyalists claiming compensation from the mother country - Wilmot chaired a Royal Commission which established their rights.

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