10 inventions and other amazing things Derbyshire gave the world

Derbyshire has been the home of many remarkable people over the years, and there are some who have been responsible for some of the most iconic inventions to date.

Thursday, 10th September 2020, 9:40 am

Below is a list of some famous inventors and inventions proudly from Derbyshire.

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Derby's Arboretum was Britain's first ever public park. The Arboretum was donated to the town in 1840 by Joseph Strutt, a former Mayor of Derby and member of local industrialist family.
Invented by Samuel Plimsoll (1824 – 1898), who was elected as the Liberal MP for Derby in 1867 and 1880. The informative line is found on a ship's hull indicating the maximum safe loading for vessels.
Bakewell puddings were amazingly created by mistake. A cook stirred eggs and almond paste mixture into the pastry and spread it on top of the jam and the mixture set like a custard and the Bakewell Pudding was invented.
Harry M Stevens (1856–1934) was born in Litchurch, Derby, and is credited with the invention of the hot dog in the USA. It was Harry's brilliant idea to put sausages into bread rolls.
Paul Cummins (1977-present), born in Chesterfield and educated at the University of Derby, was the brilliant mind behind of the First World War commemorative installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, at the Tower of London using 886,246 ceramic poppies, most of which were made in Derbyshire.
Thomas Cook (1808-1892) – who was born in Melbourne (Derbyshire) – was the father of travel excursions and founded the travel agency Thomas Cook & Son, which is now Thomas Cook Group today. In 1841, he arranged the first privately-chartered excursion train, charging one shilling for travel and food.
The famous tomb raider, Lara Croft, a fictional beautiful, intelligent English archaeologist and adventurer was created by Derby based games company Core Design.
In 1721, Derby Silk Mill became the world's first factory, built for the Lombe brothers beside the River Derwent containing spinning machines. These required familiar large buildings seen today be built with a power source.
George Sorocold (1668–1738), born in Derby, constructed the town's first waterworks, using a waterwheel to pump water through four miles of pipes made of elm trunks.
Swarfega is a brand of thick, dark green heavy-duty hand cleaner used in engineering, construction and other manual trades, such as printing. It was invented in 1947 by Audley Bowdler Williamson, an industrial chemist from Heanor.