Botany Bay, Derbyshire

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Botany Bay
"The small hamlet"
Grid reference: SK259154
Location: 52°44’8"N, 1°37’4"W
Post town: Swadlincode
Postcode: DE12
Dialling code: 01283
Local Government
Council: South Derbyshire

Botany Bay is a small hamlet in southern Derbyshire between Linton and Coton in the Elms in the National Forest. It falls under the civil parish of Rosliston.


Unlike the nearby town of Melbourne, Botany Bay does not appear to have a common source with its better known Australian namesake. While Botany Bay in New South Wales was named for the quantity of botanical specimens found there, the history of the naming of the Derbyshire hamlet is unclear. The name is also attached to a farm and a small lake in the area.[1]


Despite the maritime reference in the hamlet's name, the Ordnance Survey have calculated that a point near Botany Bay, at Coton in the Elms, is the furthest point from the coastline.[2] The low-water line at Fosdyke, on the edge of The Wash in Lincolnshire, is around 70 miles away.


Penguin Books together with the Woodland Trust purchased a 96-acre woodland near the hamlet in January 2007. The initiative was designed to expand the nearby National Forest and regenerate the historical wildflower and woodland environment in the area.[3]


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