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The base of Handyside's fountain, Arboretum, Derby

By 1839, now in his seventy-fourth year, Joseph Strutt had accumulated a great deal of wealth from his industrial activities, he had been a Mayor of Derby, the first for the new Borough Council and had witnessed great strides forward with new inventions and engineering technology. As one of the great social reformers of the time he also recognised the fact that the working classes, though better o…