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Links - Useful Genealogy Sources is the main
links page for the whole Andrews Pages web site.
You will find many links of interest to the Amateur Genealogist and Local Historian.
& Libraries holding documents relating to Matlock
|These aren't all the archives, of course. For example
the John Rylands Library (Manchester), Sheffield Archive
and the Nottingham Archive also may have Matlock material.
For even more archives please see the much larger Links
to Useful Genealogy Sources for the whole Andrews Pages
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Either BL web site
or British Library,
Explore the Catalogue
- Papers relating mainly to the Derbyshire estates
of Sir Richard Arkwright (Ref Add MSS 6668-97).
- Adam Wolley bequeathed his manuscripts relating to
Derbyshire to the British Museum and they are now at the British
Library (Add M 6666 -6718). You can search their on-line catalogue
The Andrews Pages web site are: Wolley
Manuscripts, Matlock | Wolley
Research Group [DARG]
An informal group who meet at :
Birchwood Methodist Chapel, Birchwood Lane, Somercotes, Near
site shows who to contact
Enquiries must be accompanied by a stamped self addressed
envelope, or in the case of overseas enquiries by two IRCs
(International Reply Coupons). Although they do not make
a charge for their services, a donation towards their funds
is always very much appreciated. Please make any cheques
payable to "Derbyshire
Ancestral Research Group" (DARG is not acceptable at
Their transcripts of Matlock & Matlock Bath
burials can be found on FindMyPast
Their archives include:
- St. Giles Church Monument Inscriptions*
- United Methodist Church, Imperial Road Baptisms (1841-1900) records
- Matlock Congregational, later the United Reform Church. Baptisms (1866-1922),
Marriages (1866) and Deaths (1881-1926)
- Glenorchy (Congregational) Chapel, Matlock Bath. Baptisms (1785-1836)
*If you are seeking an MI published by the Derbyshire Ancestral Research Group
(for example, an MI in St. Giles' Churchyard) please contact
the web mistress before you write to them as I should be able to provide
County Hall, MATLOCK, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG
For those travelling by road, the Record Office is situated in the Ernest
Bailey Building on New Street and has limited parking.
(Became a joint service with County Hall LSL on 12 Feb 2013)
They house original
records. The archives cover the County of Derbyshire, City and Diocese of
A request form for their fee paid search service is available.
are too many to list here but their archives include the
following relating to Matlock:
- Chesterfield-Matlock Turnpike
- Church records: Parish register for Holy Trinity Church,
Matlock Bath and St Giles, Matlock (Matlock Parish Church).
Giles' Baptisms, Marriages
& Burials are now onsite; details of the Glenorchy
Chapel, Matlock Bath etc.
- Deeds and Family papers for the Evans family of Matlock
Bath (1628 - 1912)
- Property Sales - descriptions and names of owners in the
1800's etc. Look in the subject index drawers.
Local Studies & Family History Library
Re-located to Riverside Chambers.
When contacting them, please try to include any shelf reference
or accession number if you have it.
Their archives include:
- Ince Pedigrees (Ref: 8022), drawn up by Thomas Ince who
was a solicitor in Wirksworth for many years. If you require
a photocopy of an Ince Pedigree the library provides a photocopying
service. You will need to quote the suname and a reference,
- microfilm of newspapers such as The Derby Mercury.
- Picture the Past
A project digitising the photos of Derby City Libraries and Derby Museums, and
Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Libraries. The biggest photo resource
on Derby and Derbyshire, and one of the biggest such resources in the country.
County Hall Local
(formerly Matlock LSL)
Moved venue, becoming a joint service with County Record
Office on 12 Feb 2013.
See County Record Office web
If you would like photocopies of documents listed on
this web site, please look at the County Record Office's
web pages for up to date information regarding cost.
When contacting the library please quote the volume and folio
number(s) provided here, and a brief description if you can.
For example, "The surname XXX from the Wolley Manuscripts".
and indexes can be consulted without an appointment, but
anyone wishing to consult microfilms should make an appointment
to book a reader to avoid disappointment.
Their archives include:
- Catalogue to the Wolley Manuscripts.
Matlock and Matlock Bath Names in the Wolley Manuscripts are
on this site but please contact the library for copies of
- St. Giles Church Monument Inscriptions, transcribed by
- microfilm of newspapers such as The High Peak News
(see Newspapers, National and Local below)
- Gordon, Ruth (2nd ed. 1996) Local Newspapers in Derbyshire
Libraries 1996 © Derbyshire County Council ISBN 0903463 45
8. Historical newspaper files held at Matlock in 1996.
- Wood, Miriam. (1977) Index to the Catalogue of British
Museum Additional Manuscripts Numbers 6676 to 6686 being
the Manuscripts relating to the Derbyshire Lead mining Industry
which are part of the British Museum Additional Manuscripts
numbers 6668-6718, otherwise known as the Wolley Manuscripts,
prepared from a microfilm copy for Derbyshire County Library.
ISBN 0 903463 04 0 pub. Derbyshire County Council. Three
books - a catalogue of the deeds, a subject index and a place
and person index.
Archive & Heritage Centre
Contact Sr Susan
The Presentation Sisters have established an
Archive & Heritage
Centre in one of the buildings on their Chesterfield Road site.
It holds all their historical records from both home and
abroad since 1836 is be open for all, but you will need to
make an appointment.
they have worked in both Glossop and Matlock. For a long
period they ran the Presentation Convent School on the Chesterfield
Road site as well as the Nagle Preparatory School. They are
applying for Lottery Funding for this project, as they hope
their centre will be used for research, for study and reading
as well as for more general community use, so as a venue
GENUKI site for
The web site is an invaluable resource for Derbyshire researchers.
The RO has an online catalogue - Gateway to the Past.
Follow the links on their site.
Has Bishops Transcripts (BTs),
marriage licences, wills.
Please note that to obtain a copy of a marriage licence you
will need to provide the date of marriage and the search
for the licence will mean you have to pay a fee. You'll also
have to pay search fees for wills unless you can provide
full probate details. Stating the year only is not enough
Also see "About Wills" on
this web site
Colindale has now closed after 82 years and the repository
is being relocated to Boston Spa, Yorkshire. There will eventually
be a new reading room at St. Pancras.
Archives - TNA
(was the Public Record Office)
Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU
holdings are vast but of special importance to Matlock historians
are '"The Duchy of Lancaster Manorial Rolls". These
go back to the 13th century.
There is a sample on this site. See:
to Matlock, 14th Century - Leases 1376-1377
Society of Genealogists
14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road, London, EC1M 7BA
Large range of material,
including copy of DARG transcripts of MI's from St. Giles Church.
William Salt Library
Stafford, Staffordshire, England
Has papers relating to the Vernon family (1797-1812)
on the Internet, that is not part of this web site
A. Matlock through the ages
B. Modern Matlock and District
Part of the Cressbrook pages, with details of the tourist attractions
in and around Matlock and Matlock Bath.
of photographs of Derby and Derbyshire are on Andy Savage's
site. This is well worth a visit
- Visit Let's Stay Peak District at http://www.peakdistrict-nationalpark.com
(Apologies that there is no hyperlink. Please use copy and paste.)
Peak District tourist guide featuring hotels, cottages, pubs,
b&bs, campsites, caravan parks as well as places to eat and
drink, visitor attractions, places to see, walks and more.
Leas Farm has an interesting history - Sorry, website currently
Apart from the stunning view from the hillside above the farm
which is a real treat to see, the web site discusses the farm's
history. It mentions the Nightingales, the Taylors of Castle Top
Farm and some characters in Alison Uttley's books.
- Which building's future was
worrying Matlock Bath residents in 2010?
- What made Matlock people unhappy in 2008?
| Newspapers - National &
Local and Old and New
For a full list of Derbyshire newspapers see:
Gordon, Ruth (2nd ed. 1996) "Local Newspapers in Derbyshire
Libraries" 1996 © Derbyshire County Council ISBN
0903463 45 8. Historical newspaper files held at Matlock.
or visit Newsplan East Midlands web site (see below)
There are three local newspapers which cover current events in Matlock
and District. They are:
Derbyshire Times Newspapers, 37 Station Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire,
(formerly known as the Coming Events) : 1st Floor, Spire Walk,
Off Derby Road, Chesterfield, S40 2WG
- The Peak Advertiser
1 Diamond Court, Water Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1EW
For historical information in National British Newspapers try:
Within Derbyshire and the East Midlands try:
- Derbyshire County Council Leisure & Culture (Libraries)
(now part of the County Record Office). See above.
Local Studies Library
*Both of the above libraries hold microfilms of some old newspapers
(though not necessarily the same at both libraries).
| Place and Field Names
I have a list of these for Matlock and Matlock Bath.
Email any queries
you may have
| Contacting others who are
interested in Matlock families
- Join the Derbyshire Family History Society
- And/Or Subscribe to DERBYSGEN
- the Derbyshire Genealogy Discussion Group.
A thriving (and free) e-mail group. Created as a forum for genealogical
and historical exchanges of information relating to the county
of Derbyshire and of surname interests of subscribers who have
ancestors within the county. Although active participation is
encouraged, it is not mandatory if you don't feel comfortable
posting messages to the list. To join in, so that you can receive
e-mails, just send an e-mail with the word "subscribe",
without the quotes, as the only text in the body of a message.
It is helpful if you turn off any signature files you may use.
If you subscribe you'll receive a lot of emails; they will cover
all kinds of topics. You won't be interested in in all of them,
of course, but you can often guess from the Subject whether or
not you want to read them.
- There are quite a few one name studies relating to Matlock
surnames. See, for example:
| Tourist Information
Dales District Council ›Then click Tourist Information
Centres in the left hand menu
Derbyshire Dales District Council Tourism, Town Hall, Matlock,
Tourist Information Centres : Crown Square, Matlock, Derbyshire,
Telephone +44 1629 583 388
Heights of Abraham
For those wishing to visit, either on foot or by the cable car.
Derbyshire and the Peak District
A wonderful resource for those keen on walking. It is non-commercial
and based on Discover Derbyshire Supplements published by the
Derby Evening Telegraph, written by the site's compiler, Denis
There is a section on the Matlocks
- the Peak District
The Official Tourist Board of the Peak District & Derbyshire
in a Lens'
A museum in Matlock Bath dedicated to presenting the history
of photography in an accessible manner. The museum is in one
of Matlock Bath's Victorian buildings and the owners have spent
three years renovating it, restoring a lovely Victorian atmosphere.
- Some local hotels have web sites. The list below is of those
which may be of historic interest and is not a complete list
of all hotels.
| Some information originally
found on this page has moved
You will now find this information under