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|Map of Derbyshire, 1824 - Mr. Rhodes's Excursions|
This map was published as the frontispiece to "Peak Scenery; or, The Derbyshire Tourist" by Ebenezer Rhodes, published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green of Paternoster Row, London in 1824. The map was drawn by J. Leather, Land Surveyor, Sheffield and engraved by Sidney Hall, Bury Street, Bloomsbury. There were a series of drawings by F. Chantrey, R.A., Sculptor, engraved by W. B. & G. Cooke, which accompanied the book and could be bought separately.
In 1818 Ebenezer Rhodes, who lived at Sheffield, penned his dedication of the Quarto Edition of "Peak Scenery" to His Grace the Duke of Devonshire for the support he gave him to get started. Rhodes' book wasn't intended to be a topographical account of Derbyshire. He wrote that he had "selected his own plan, and he has chosen that which not only leaves him free and unshackled in his operations, but gives him uncontrolled dominion over every object that may be presented to his observation". He undertook four excursions in total and all four routes are shown on the above map.
Rhodes's first exploration was of North Derbyshire and included visits to Froggatt Edge, Stoney Middleton, Tideswell and Eyam.
He went to Buxton on his second visit to the county, going on to Miller's Dale, Wormhill, Cressbrook Dale, Monsall Dale and Bakewell. Whilst at Bakewell he visited Haddon, Edensor and Chatsworth.
The third excursion he undertook began at Banner Cross in Yorkshire and from there he went to Hathersage, Hope, Castleton and Glossop, to Marple Bridge and Mellor. He continued on to Hassop, Longstone, "Money-Ash", Winster, Stanton and Birchover before venturing to Matlock [Bath] and Willersley.
His final journey took in Norton, Whittington, Ashover, Crich and Cromford; he spent a morning at Matlock [Bath], from there going through the Via Gellia to Hopton, Carsington, Brassington and Tissington and on to Ashbourne. He walked to Dovedale and visited Ilam before re-tracing his steps to Wirksworth. He continued on, via Cromford, to Belper, Heage, Pentrich and Alfreton before visiting Hardwick Hall, Bolsover and Renishaw Hall.
He returned to Sheffield "where we terminated our long and laborious peregrinations". He may have begun his walking tours in 1818, but the date at the end of it all was September 1823. Although he had met a great number of interesting people along the way, and received a great deal of support from some individuals, including James Montgomery and Sir Francis Chantrey, he was undoubtedly disappointed that he did not enjoy a greater response to the many letters he wrote.
Please note that not everywhere he visited is listed here, just a selection. And, unfortunately, a previous owner of my book thought it would be a good idea to go over the lines of the routes with a coloured pen. This sadly wasn't an uncommon occurrence as old books were not necessarily valued by everyone who owned them.
Robin Hood's Stride - 3rd excursion