Posted @withrepost • @visitderbyshire Did you know that Belper, Derbyshire was the first place in the UK to get gas lighting?
From at least the 13th century there were forges in the Belper and Duffield areas and iron-working became a major source of income, particularly nail making. By the end of the 18th century there were around 500 workshops in the town supplying nails to the newly built textile mills. The workshops were eventually superseded by machinery during the 19th century. Some of the nail-makers’ houses are still in existence and form part of local tours of the town.
This beautiful shot was captured by @lee_collyer