Derby is often seen as a city, integral to the industrial revolution. Situated close to the Peak District, in the past Derby has brought in revenue through its silk industry. In the 1700's the processes of silk production were greatly improved by the implementation of silk spinning, the holder of the patent, John Lombe allegedly stole the techniques whilst working in a small workshop in Italy and according to legend, later died in mysterious circumstances.
At the turn of the century, Derby found itself once again at the heart of regional commerce, when car manufacturing giants, Rolls-Royce chose to invest in the east-midlands town by opening aircraft and motor production plants, providing plenty of jobs for the local workers. The Rolls-Royce plant still stands today and is joined by the Toyota plant as well as Britain's last remaining train maker, Litchurch Lane Works.