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The name of the town of Belper is believed to come from the French "Beau Repaire", due to its picturesque setting on the banks of the Derwent. But after the industrialists and factory - owners were attracted by the potential of its water - power, Belper became a prosperous mill town with a place in industrial history, rather than a beauty spot.

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The Lion Hotel

....situated in the centre of one of Derbyshire's most historic towns, Belper, aformer coaching inn with a contemporary twist.

....with 22 en suite bedrooms, 2 bars and a relaxing lounge with a la carte restaurant.

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Makeney Hall Hotel

...about 2 miles south of Belper, originally built as a Victorian country mansion by the Strutt family, the house has been lovingly restored to the highest standards.

...combining the finest traditions of warm hospitality with excellent food and service.

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Belper

It was Jedediah Strutt, who in 1759 invented a revolutionary process for making ribbed stockings, who chose Belper as the site for his principal mills. The town expanded swiftly to become the third largest centre of population in the county. Today visitors can wander between the rows of terraced mill - workers cottages, their cobbled streets criss - crossing the hillside and railway cutting above the town.

(photo left: one of Strutt's cotton mills built at Belper in 1778.)

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