About the author:
James Croston F.S.A., 1830-1 Sept 1893
Born at Hulme, Manchester, James was the son of Samuel and Martha
Croston; he was baptised on 7 Nov 1830. In 1841 James and his widowed
mother were living in Paradise, Salford. He seems to have done
well for himself. He was a Commercial Clerk And Author (1861) but
ten years later, living at Cheetham, he was employed as a Ship & Insurance
Broker. By 1874 he and his family were living at Upton Hall, Prestbury,
near Macclesfield and he became a Magistrate, whilst continuing
his work as an Insurance Broker and a patentee of the Fire Annihilator
Company. He later became a political agent (1891).
He wrote and edited several books, mostly about Lancashire and
Cheshire history and individual buildings. His interest in Derbyshire
included "A Pilgrimage to the Home of Florence Nightingale" (1862).
He also wrote historical and topographical descriptions for "Chantrey's
Peak Scenery or Views in Derbyshire" (1889). Chantrey's
engravings had been first been published as part of Ebenezer Rhodes "Peak
Scenery" (pub 1817, 1819, 1822, 1823).
The transcripts on these pages include an interesting perambulation
around Matlock Bath which refers to the people seen on the street
as well as the usual buildings and scenery.
*Transcribed by Ann Andrews in November 2008 from:
Croston, James (1868) (2nd Ed) "On Foot Through the Peak;
or a Summer Saunter Through the Hills and Dales of Derbyshire", Manchester:
John Heywood, 141 & 143, Deansgate. London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co.
With my grateful thanks to Ray Ash who provided copies for me
Image scans Copyright © Ray Ash and intended for personal use only.