DERBYSHIRE is in the North-Midlands, and lies north of the Trent, having Yorkshire to the north-east, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the south-east, Staffordshire to the west, and Cheshire to the north-west; the Staffordshire border is the longest. The county is broad towards the north and tapering towards the south. On the west and south-west the Dove, the Trent and the Tame are the bounds, on the north-west the Etherow, on the north the Sheaf, on the east the Erewash: it lies between 52 deg. 41 min. and 53½ deg. north latitude, and between 1 deg. 10 min. and 2 deg. 4 min. west longitude: its length is 56 miles from north to south, and its breadth from east to west 34 miles.
Transcribed from Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, 1912