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Bemroses' Guide to Matlock ... , about 1869*
Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
Designed for the Victorian visitor
The Bridge at Matlock, Bemrose
Bemroses' Guide
Matlock's Scenery
Caverns, Rocks, Museums, Church
Bath to Dale
Black Rocks
to Parish Church
High Tor & Antiquities
Matlock Bank & Riber
Walks & Places of Interest
Mr. Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment
Walker's Museum
Matlock House & Rockside
Royal Cumberland Cavern
Clark Greaves
Radfirth & Stevenson
Midland Railway 01
Midland Railway 02
Further Information
About Matlock
About Matlock Bath
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About the Guide

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 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.

green button First Chapter
p.08 Matlock
p.09 Matlock-Bath-the Derwent
p.10 Scenery at Matlock-Bath
p.11 Matlock-Bath
p.11 (cont) Matlock-Bath
p.12 Rutland Cavern - Devonshire Cavern
p.13 Romantic Rocks
p.14 Speedwell Mine and Cumberland Cavern
p.15 Museum Parade-Church at Matlock-Bath
p.16 Petrifying Wells-Medicinal Springs.
p.16 (cont) Petrifying Wells-Medicinal Springs.
p.17 Matlock-Bath.
p.18 The Old Bath.
p.19 Hydropathic Establishment.
p.20 Baths and Hotels.
p.21 Lovers' Walks.
p.22 Matlock Dale
green button Second Chapter
The Return to Matlock
p.36 The Return to Matlock
p.37 Matlock Parish
p.38 Matlock Church.
p.39 The High Tor.
p.39 (cont) The High Tor.
p.40 The High Tor.
p.41 Antiquities.
p.42 Hydropathy.
p.42 (cont) Hydropathy.
p.43 Riber Castle.

Title page of Bemroses Guide to Matlock and the surrounding area, by John Hicklin, published about 1869.
Image scan 2004 Ann Andrews

The publication date suggested here has been arrived at from a variety of "clues" within the guide itself, though there is no publication date given. The railway timetables are dated 14th May 1869 and it is likely this guide was published in preparation for the summer tourist season of that year. It was clearly published after 1866 as page 18 refers to 1866 in the past tense. In addition, Joseph Radfirth, whose advertisement appears on p.6 of the adverts, died in August 1869. Whilst it is a guess, I believe that the advert was submitted for inclusion and Mr. Radfirth then died. If you have any further information please email.

An advertisement for the Bemrose Matlock Bath Circulating Library was published in Hall's "Day's in Derbyshire" in 1863

*Transcribed from
'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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