Guide to Matlock ... , about 1869*
|Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
Designed for the Victorian visitor
Bemroses' Guide is a beautifully illustrated
and informative little book. Here you can browse through the whole
of the Matlock section of the guide.
Page headers in old books contained what we now think of as sub
headings; this guide was no exception and and these are listed
below in the chapter information. You'll also notice that the
Guide may have the title Matlock, but is mostly about Matlock
Bath. Many old books talked of Matlock, yet it was often 'The
Bath' and its lovely scenery being described. Advertisements were
placed at the back of Guides and all ten advertisements for Matlock
and Matlock Bath in Bemroses' Guide are on site; suggested walks
and places to visit were also included to make it a "must" for
tourists to buy and read.
The publication date suggested here has been arrived at from
variety of "clues" within the guide itself, though
there is no
publication date given. The railway timetables are dated 14th
1869 and it is likely this guide was published in preparation
the summer tourist season of that year. It was clearly published
after 1866 as page 18 refers to 1866 in the past tense. In
Joseph Radfirth, whose advertisement appears on p.6 of the
adverts, died in August 1869. Whilst it is a guess, I believe
the advert was submitted for inclusion and Mr. Radfirth then
died. If you have any further information please email.
'Bemroses' Guide to Matlock, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall,
&c' by John Hicklin, Third Edition, pub Bemrose and Sons,
London (no date, but about 1869).
Reproduced here with the very kind permission and help of Sonia Addis
Smith, whose book this is from.
OCRed and images scanned by Ann Andrews, 2001 - 2004.
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