"Days in Derbyshire", 1863*
|Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
Matlock Bath and Matlock
If Spencer Timothy Hall, a Hydropathist and Homopathist,
had decided to purchase the "little un-occupied villa" with
"a good supply of water" on the Bank in about 1848 or so,
Matlock's history might have been quite different. But he didn't
buy the property as he thought the building was too small. He subsequently
lived briefly in Matlock, having moved to Wellfield House in early
July 1861, and one of his children was born on Matlock Bank. He was
still in residence in 1862, but must have moved shortly afterwards.
He wrote this guide to Derbyshire the following year whilst treating
patients at Green Bank, Bowness, Windermere. In the extracts reproduced
here he quotes from "Matlock",
the poem by John Allen. Dr. Hall also provides a contemporary description
of the impact of John Smedley - who did buy the villa. Spencer Timothy
Hall was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in 1813 and died at Blackpool
on 26 April 1885.
Spencer Timothy Hall
can be found at Wellfield House in White's
*Transcribed by Ann Andrews in November 2004 from:
Hall, Spencer Timothy (1863) "Days in Derbyshire ..."
With sixty illustrations by J. Gresley (artist), Dalziel Brothers
(illustrators). Simpkin, Marshall and Co, Stationers' Hall Court,
London, and printed by Richard Keene, All Saints, Derby.
With my grateful thanks to Ray Ash who provided photocopies for me
Image scans Copyright Ray Ash and intended for personal use only.
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