|Q1. Did you know
that Matlock isn't just one place, but is made up of several Matlocks?
Or that in many old books the reference to Matlock is really describing
A1. There's Bank, Bath, Bridge, Cliff, Dale, Green, Moor and Town
- as well as Starkholmes and Riber
See About Matlock
See About Matlock Bath
|Q2. The town of
Matlock was a famous hydropathic centre in the nineteenth century,
but do you know how many hydros there actually were?
A2. See Water Cures
|Q3. Does either
Matlock or Matlock Bath have a Coat of Arms?
A3. See a photo of the Matlock's "arms" on a small enamelled
brass badge. Go to Miscellany
Matlock Bath had a different
coat of arms
|Q4. Did you know
there's a mineral called Matlockite?
A4. Found apparently in Cromford
|Q5. What the link
is between Quebec and Matlock Bath?
A5. The Heights of Abraham - where General Wolfe died.
|Q6. How did the
Heights of Jacob get its name?
A6. This was a late nineteenth century creation, and the name didn't
appear on maps until around 1900. It was all to do with Jacob Raynes
Bath: Fluor Spar Cavern, Heights of Jacob | Matlock
Bath from the Heights of Jacob, 1910-1914
|Q7. What is a 'gennel'
A7. It is a narrow passageway between buildings.
|Q8. Matlock folk
talk about 'launder' or 'launders' but what are they talking about?
A8. These are gutters on the house to catch rainwater and the usage
is peculiar to the Matlock District. The use of the word is derived
"Launder. A trough or a channel, or gutter, usually of wood, by which
water is conveyed ; specifically in mining, a chute or a trough for
conveying powdered ore, or for carrying water to and from the crushing
apparatus" (Quotation from Funk and Wagnell's
New "Standard" Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1 (1946 edn.), The Waverley Book Company
|Q9. That nearby
Two Dales used to be called Toad Holes?
A9. It was Two Dales by 1903, but was still Toad Holes on a map dating
from an OS map of the mid 1880's.
|Q10. What did John
Smedley originally intend to build on Riber hilltop?
A10. Smedley did much for Matlock, but in Riber's case he had to change
Red Tape at Smedley's Hydro Then
|Q11. The River
Derwent overflowed its banks and flooded Matlock in the 1960's
but were they the only floods to hit the town?
A11. They weren't the only floods and were certainly not the worst.
|Q12. Where was
the Rifle Range and when was it there?
A12. Old nineteenth century maps of Matlock show a Rifle Range occupying
land between Dale Road and the river Derwent where many shops now
are. At the time Matlock's Market Hall was built in 1869 there weren't
any buildings on that side of Dale Road and very few along the other
side either. There was later a Rifle Range on Cuckoostone Moor.
|Q13. About a local
A13. The surname of STATHAM seems to be very localised to Starkholmes
and this is illustrated in the published census returns. There were
55 people with the surname in the 1901 census listed as having been
born in Matlock, eleven of whom were no longer in the town. One was
given as born Matlock Bath.
See On site transcripts of census returns | Strays
|Q14. How much
did Matlock's population change in the past?
What proportion of people stayed?
And what about John and Mary?
A14. Matlock and Matlock Bath expanded enormously during the nineteenth
century. See 19thc Population Figures
I thought it may be an interesting exercise to find out how many
had moved away from their birthplace in the 1901 census and to begin
I chose to look at the Christian names John and Mary, two popular
names at the time. The number of Johns alive who were born in Matlock
totalled 375 but a large proportion were found to have left Matlock
- some 192! There were 355 females called Mary alive in 1901 but
229 weren't living in Matlock. This is both a fairly random and a
very small selection, of course, but it is still of interest as it
illustrates just how mobile the population was. Many who came to
Matlock did not necessarily stay for the rest of their lives. Many
of those who left over the years up untol around 1900 are listed
in the Strays
Matlock Bath Paper Mill
Paton and Baldwin's
Can you name any more?
roads and streets, etc., named after people
Some after saints and the rest after ordinary mortals
(though the saints are more likely to be because of nearby
Columbell Way - Two Dales
Dakeyne Close - edge of Matlock
Jackson Tor Road
Porteous Close - Two Dales
Sir Joseph's Lane - Two Dales
Smedley Street East
Smedley Street West
St. Giles Walk
St. John's Road
St. Joseph's Street
Wheatley Gardens - Two Dales
Will Shores Lane
Can you name any more?
towns known to have a crescent, road, gardens, place, street
or Way called Matlock
towns known to have a crescent, road, gardens, place,
street or Way called Matlock
Denton (Greater Manchester)
Manchester (M 20)
Marton (nr Middlesborough)
Urmston (Greater Manchester)
|| Atherton (Greater Manchester)
Lambeth - Denmark Hill Estate (Given as both London SE5
Brighton and Hove
Stretford (Greater Manchester)
Walthamstow (London E10)
Eccles (Greater Manchester)
Ratcliff (London E14)
of the World - Towns, villages or hamlets called Matlock in other
- Matlock Iowa, USA
- Matlock, Washington, USA
- Matlock, Victoria, Australia
- Matlock, Manitoba, Canada
in other countries
Matlock Road - Arlington, Texas
- There is only house in Matlock Bath which is in St Giles
Parish, allowing the occupants to marry at St. Giles. It is
the old station house as it is on the other side of the river
from the rest of Matlock Bath.
- Willersley Castle isn't in Cromford; it the wrong side of
the River Derwent. Nor is Cromford Station.
that have changed their use
- Churches into furniture stores and public rooms See Churches
- Masson Mill to shops and museum See Arkwright's
- Ritz Cinema to
shops, restaurant and computer suite
- Palace Cinema to auction house
- Palais Royal / Old Pavilion grounds to Gulliver's
Kingdom. The building was demolished
- Smedley's Hydro to Derbyshire's County Hall See Water
Cures, especially the section What
happened to the hydros
- Rockside Hydro to Residential Accomodation
(having been a hospital for sick airmen and a teacher's training
college in between) See Water
Cures, especially the section What
happened to the hydros. And Rockside,
the Former Matlock Hydro
- Schools to private houses - Matlock Town
and Holy Trinity See Schools
- Tram shelter to park shelter See Bank
Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway
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