How Derbyshire inspired a literary classic

George Eliot

Nicola Lisle explores the Derbyshire connections of novelist George Eliot, who was born 200 years ago this month.

Although George Eliot is most famously associated with her native
Warwickshire, there are parts of Derbyshire that will be forever hers.
Ashbourne, Wirksworth and the Dove Valley were all familiar places to her, and she immortalised the area in her 1859 novel Adam Bede, her first major success…