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Melbourne, Derbyshire

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Melbourne, Derbyshire

Melbourne is a Georgian market town in South Derbyshire, England. It is about 8 miles south of Derby and 2 miles from the River Trent. In 1837 a then tiny settlement in Australia was named after William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Queen Victoria's first Prime Minister, and thus indirectly takes its name from Melbourne Hall, seat of the Lamb family, and the village.
DistrictSouth Derbyshire
Post townDERBY
Administrative CountyDerbyshire
Traditional CountyDerbyshire
OS GridSK3825
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionEast Midlands
Police AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Fire and Rescue AuthorityDerbyshire
Ambulance AuthorityEast Midlands
Dialling code01332
Population5,000 +

Other names by which Melbourne, Derbyshire has been known in the past

Melborne ~ Milbourne ~ Milebvrne

Melbourne, Derbyshire in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Melbourne.-- town and par. with ry. sta., in co. and 7½ miles SE. of Derby, 3290 ac., pop. 3123; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank; has considerable mfrs. of thread, silk, boots, &c.; Melbourne Castle was dismantled in 1460; the bishops of Carlisle had a palace here; the church is a fine specimen of a Norman building; near the church is Melbourne Hall, seat of Earl Cowper, and formerly of Lord Melbourne; Melbourne is noted for its market gardens.

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