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Old Books about the Matlocks

The books listed in this section are rare and some may only be found in archives, libraries or other depositories, or through second hand book stores. Some have been scanned.
Adam, W. (1840) "The Gem of the Peak" London; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row MDCCCXL
There are several editions of this, the first being published in 1838. (Matlock extracts from the 1840 edition are on site)
Allen, John (1848) "Matlock. A poem." Whittaker & Co.: London: William Bemrose: Derby, pp. 69.
Allen, John (1860?) "Matlock. A poem." Whittaker & Co.: London, [1860?] pp. 135.
A second edition of the above, with other poems.
Baddeley, Mountford John Byrde (1880 and other years) "The Peak District of Derbyshire and neighbouring counties", one of a series of "Thorough Guides", Dulau & Co., London
Barker, H. Esq. (1827) "The Panorama of Matlock and Its Environs; With the Tour of the Peak", Longman & Co., London
(Transcript of the 1827 edition is on site)
"Black's Tourist Guide to Derbyshire" (1888) pub. Adam and Charles Black Edinburgh (quoted on site)
Bradbury, Edward (1884) "All about Derbyshire." Simpkin Marshall, London : Richard Keene, All Saints', Derby
(Transcript of the Matlock section, with illustrations, is on site)
Bray, W (1778) "Sketch of a Tour into Derbyshire and Yorkshire"
Britton, John and Edward Wedlake Brayley, (1802) "The Beauties of England and Wales" Vol III, published Cumberland, Isle of Man, and Derbyshire.
(Matlock extracts pp.504-512 | More extracts pp.512-526 | Engraving of Willersley Castle)
Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited (widely quoted on site)
Buckley, Joseph, of Wirksworth [1867] "Matlock Bank, Derbyshire, as it was, and is: being an account of the origin and development of the Matlock hydropathic establishments, with a short sketch of the personal history of John Smedley, etc.", Job Caudwell: London; J. Buckley: Wirksworth
Cardin, Joe Hall (1907) "Visitors' New Guide to the Surroundings of Matlock & Matlock Bath, with diagrams of walks and byeways. Also an introduction to its geology, minerals & flora", J. C. Goodall: Matlock pp. 87.
Cox, J Charles (1877) "Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire Vol II" Chesterfield: Palmer and Edmunds, London: Bemrose and Sons, 10 Paternoster Buildings; and Derby (quoted on site)
Cox, John Charles, (1915, 2nd edition, revised), "Derbyshire" - Illustrated by J. Charles Wall, Methuen & Co., London. Cox was then Rector of Holdenby, Northampton.
Croston, James (1863) " Buxton and its Resources: with excursions to Haddon, Chatsworth, Castleton, Matlock and Dove Dale", Simpkin, Marshall & Co.: London
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.
(Transcriptions of a large part of three chapters are on this website)
Davies, David Peter (1811) "History of Derbyshire" pub. S. Mason, Belper.
(Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811 is based on this book and is a searchable alphabetical listing elsewhere on this site. There are descriptions of parishes in the county, including Matlock and Matlock Bath).
Defoe, Daniel (1724-6) "A Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain" (Extract about Matlock [Bath] onsite)
Firth, J.B. (1908) "Highways and Byways in Derbyshire" MacMillan & Co., London
There are a number of extracts on this website
Glover, Stephen [of Derby] (1830) "The Peak Guide; containing the topographical, statistical, and general history of Buxton, Chatsworth, Edensor, Castleton, Bakewell, Haddon, Matlock, and Cromford; with an introduction" ... Edited by T. Noble. pub. Derby
Gomme G.L. (ed) (1893) "The Gentleman's Magazine Library, English Topography Part III, Derbyshire - Dorsetshire".
A collection of articles submitted to the magazine between 1731 and 1868.
(Full transcription of Derbyshire is on site and Matlock is included)
"Guide to the Grand Cavern within the Mountain of Abraham's Heights, Matlock Bath." (1818) Mark Wardle: Manchester, pp. 12 [booklet]
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.
(Transcript of the Matlock section, with illustrations, is onsite)
Heywood, Abel: "Abel Heywood's Guide Books, With Cycling, Walking and Driving Routes.
Matlock Illustrated
." Abel Heywood & Son, Manchester & London (one of Abel Heywood's series of penny guide books)
Henricus (1838) "The Matlock Tourist; and Guide through the Peak, embracing Matlock Bath, Haddon, Chatsworth and C"
(Transcript of the Matlock section is onsite)
Hicklin, John (about 1869) "Bemroses' Guide to Matlock, Bakewell, Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, &c" pub. London, Derby and "The Library", Matlock Bath. (Transcript and engravings of the Matlock section are onsite)
Hilder, J. W. (1896, also 1898) "A New Guide to Matlock Bath". Edited by J. W. Hilder. W. E. Smith: Matlock Bath, pp. 27.
"Holmes Hand Book to Matlock Bath & Neighbourhood, including Chatsworth, Haddon Hall, Dovedale &c." (1866) London : G. Vickers, Strand. Matlock Bath : T. H. Holmes (Transcript of the Matlock section is onsite)
Hutchinson, John of Chapel en le Frith (1810), "Romantic Beauties of Matlock", pub. M. Wardle, Manchester
Jeayes, Isaac Herbert (1906) "Derbyshire Charters in Public and Private Libraries and Muniment Rooms." pub. London Bemrose & Sons Ltd., 4 Snow Hill, E.C. and Derby. (Matlock section onsite)
Jewitt, Arthur (1835, 2nd. ed.) "The Matlock Companion and Visitor's Guide to the Beauties of the Matlock, ... including also a brief sketch of Buxton", printed Duffield, Derby.
Jewitt, Llewellynn Frederick William (?1860) "The Matlock Companion and Visitor's Guide to the Beauties of the Peak of Derbyshire ... " pub. Derby Telegraph Office: Derby (quoted on site)
Lewis, Samuel (1848) "A Topographical Dictionary of England", 7th Edition, in Four Volumes.
(Mel Lockie has transcribed the Dictionaries. Read the Matlock section on his web site, (external links open in a new window))
Lipscomb, George (1802) "A description of Matlock-bath, with an attempt to explain the causes of the heat, and of the petrifying quality of the springs; to which is added some account of Chatsworth and Kedleston, and the mineral waters of Quarndon and Kedleston", pub Birmingham.
Lysons, Rev Daniel and Samuel Lysons Esq. (1817) "Topographical and Historical Account of Derbyshire" London: Printed for T. Cadell, Strand; and G. and A. Greenland, Poultry (quoted on site). This is the Derbyshire section of their "Magna Britannia".
Mason, Charlotte M (1882) "The Forty Shires" (Read the onsite extract)
Mee, Arthur (ed.) (1937) "Derbyshire: The Peak Country",The King's England Series, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London
Moore, Henry (1818) "Picturesque Excursions From Derby to Matlock Bath, and its Vicinity ; Being a Descriptive Guide to the Most Interesting Scenery and Curiosities in that Romantic District, With Observations Thereon", published by H. Moore, Drawing Master; Printed by T. Wilkinson, Ridgefield, Manchester. (A transcript, with illustrations, is on this website)
Peach, Lawrence du Garde (1954)
"John Smedley of Matlock and his Hydro", Bemrose Publicity Co.: Derby & London
 
Pendleton, John (1886) "A History of Derbyshire" - Popular County Histories - pub. London, Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, E.C.
Pilkington, James (1789) "A View of the Present State of Derbyshire; with an Account of its most Remarkable Antiquities ... in two volumes. Volume I". Derby : Printed and sold by J. Drewry; Sold also by J. Johnson, No.72, St. Paul's Churchyard ; And J. Deighton, Holborn, London.
Rhodes, Ebenezer (1824) "Peak Scenery" pub. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster Row (quoted on site)
(1916) "Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment, Matlock", pub. John Heywood : Manchester & London
"Souvenir of Matlock Bath", 4th edition. Pub. Boots Cash Chemists, Nottingham.
24 page booklet costing 1 penny.
Statham, W. N. (1925) "History of Matlock Parish Church", Geo. Hodgkinson: Matlock (quoted on site)
Steer, Henry (1897) "The Smedleys of Matlock Bank", E. Stock: London
"The Victoria History of the English Counties. A History of Derbyshire Vol. I." Constable & Co., Pall Mall, London (1907) : (Ed. 1970) University of London. ISBN 0 7129 0447 6
Thwaites, William, of Sheffield (1865?) "The Visitor's Handbook to Buxton, Matlock, Bakewell, etc.", Sheffield; Leeds printed : House and Co.
Ward, Reverend Richard (1814) "The Matlock, Buxton and Castleton Guide, containing concise accounts of these and other remarkable places ... in the ... County of Derby", Derby
Ward Lock & Co's "Guide to Matlock, Dovedale, Etc.", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales.
The publication year for a particular guide is at the bottom of a page a few in from the back of the book.
R. N. Worth, F.G.S., (1890) "Tourist's Guide to Derbyshire", Edward Stanford, 26 & 27, Cockspur Street, Charing Cross
New and more recent books

Although some of these titles may be out of print and are no longer available to buy, 'out of print' does not mean that the book is out of copyright. If they are out of print and you live in the UK you could try obtaining a copy to read through the inter library loan service at your local public library.
*See Disclaimer

** = Book image reproduced by kind permission of the author or publisher
Arkle, M. J. (1983) "Tuppence Up, Penny Down", printed by Geo. Hodgkinson (Printers) Ltd - booklet sold in Aid of All Saint's School. (See Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway)
Bayles, Freda and Ede, Janet (1997) "Matlock Bath Walks Then and Now", ISBN 095-2576 333
Peter Aspey writes that it also contains some interesting old photos, as well as bits of history
Barton, David A. : Collected by (1993) "Around Matlock in Old Photographs", Alan Sutton Publishing, Stroud. ISBN 0-7509-0502-6

There is also a slightly different version of the above:
Barton, David A. "Around Matlock in Old Photographs", (1998) part of a series called "Britain in Old Photographs", Budding Books, ISBN 1-84015-076-9
Photographs including pictures of the Royal Hotel, Bank House Hydro (now the Record Office), Matlock Bath Ladies Cricket Team ca. 1930 and the Ernest Bailey's Rugby Team ca.1950. There are even photos of the deep snowfalls that occurred in the winter of 1946/7, when Matlock was particularly badly affected.
Beresford, Charles "The Bath at War, A Derbyshire Community and the Great War" (2007). Country Books/Ashridge Press. ISBN 978 1 901214 91 8. Limited Edition**

Available directly from either the publishers, via the author, in selected local shops and at Derbyshire County Local Studies Library in Matlock.
Hardback, 5284p, £20
The quickest is to order from:
The Bath at War website (opens in a new window).

Thoroughly researched book from archived material and various family collections. Coverage includes the experiences of the men who served, the stories of those who died, food shortages and the resort's economy. Charles Beresford has obtained information from various parts of the world, including Canada. The Canadian Convalescent Officers' Hospital was in Matlock Bath. The author has visited many of the graves - one quite moving touch is that soil from the Derwent Gardens was sprinkled beside a War Grave in Poland.
  The Bath at War

This is a truly fascinating read. Correspondents who have read it have found it hard to put down, despite the size (it is a very big book).
"It is masterly as a story of such a war and its effects on a village and in such detail ..." Charles Beresford's tenacity in researching every individual he writes about and their personal story has been remarkable.

Read Julie Bunting's Review on the GUKUTILS site (will open in a new window)
See Reviews on the Great War Forum (will open in a new window)
Matlock & Matlock Bath's War Memorials
Bower, Alan (1985) "The Water Cure". Derbyshire Heritage Series, pub. J H Hall & Sons Ltd, Siddals Road, Derby. ISBN 0 946404 55 0
Buckley, Joseph (1888) "Recollections of the late John Smedley of Matlock, and The water cure." "First published in 1888 by John Heywood, Manchester and London, with a new introduction by David A Barton, now re-published by the Arkwright Society, c/o Tawney House, Matlock, reprinted by G. C. Britain and Sons Ltd., Ripley, Derbyshire." (1973)
Bunting, Julie (2002) "Matlock and Matlock Bath", Tempus Publishing Ltd., The Mill, Brimscombe Port, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QG 128pp. 220 illus. ISBN 0-7524-2455-6. - RRP £10.99**

A collection of images offering "a fresh perspective of this beautiful area of the Peak District." Covering all aspects of Matlock and Matlock Bath life and developments through the images, some of which have not been published before, Julie Bunting's supporting text is well researched. The authoress is a very well respected local journalist.

All the above information supplied by and reproduced with the kind permission of Tempus Publishing Limited.

Read Tom Bates' Review on the GUKUTILS site (opens in a new tab or window)
  Front cover of Matlock and Matlock Bath
by Julie Bunting
Image reproduced with kind permission
Buxton, David (1992) "Derbyshire of One Hundred Years Ago", Alan Sutton Publishing Limited Stroud Gloucestershire and Derbyshire County Council ISBN 0-7509-0216-7
Large, clear photographs of life in the county a hundred years ago ranging from pictures of school children to coal miners and workers at Chatsworth. The text includes extracts from the High Peak News and extracts from Alison Uttley's work. This well known writer was brought up in the nearby village of Cromford. A really excellent book.

Buxton, Doreen and Charlton, Christopher (November 2013) "Cromford Revisited", The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Educational Trust. ISBN 978-0-9541940-6-2. Soft Cover, £18.**

This excellent, long awaited, book is the culmination of many years of painstaking research and describes the development of Cromford as an industrial village. Of particular interest to Matlock and Matlock Bath readers are the sections on Sir Richard Arkwright and his descendants, Willersley Castle and the Willersley estate, the Lea Mills strike (1911-12) and Scarthin. Peter Nightingale, George Evans of Bonsall and the Gells were also key players. The Bonsall Brook, running through the Via Gellia from Ivonbrook Grange to Cromford, played a major part in Cromford's history. Beautifully illustrated.

It is available from Scarthin Books

  Front cover of Cromford Revisited
"Cable Tramway from Matlock Bridge to Matlock Bank, The" (1972) pub. Arkwright Society ISBN 0-90314903-6. Reprint of "Report of the Inaugural Ceremony" (1893) with additions
Cameron, Kenneth (1959) "The Place Names of Derbyshire", Part II - English Place-Name Society Volume XXVIII Cambridge University Press. Covers Scarsdale Hundred, Wirksworth Hundred, Morley & Litchurch Hundred. Matlock and Matlock Bath
Names and their derivations, including dates. Also lists field names
Clay, David : Transcribed by (1992) "The Free and Voluntary Present 1661 Derbyshire", © Derbyshire Family History Society - ISBN 0-947964-20-7
Transcript for the whole county of PRO document reference E179. 245/6 Free and Voluntary Present, Derbyshire. 45 Matlock names are listed and also what sum they gave towards the gift to King Charles II which enabled him to return to England and be crowned. The list includes the Woolley surname (see Riber above). Excellent.
(You can buy a copy from DFHS web-site | See Matlock Names in 17th Century Lists - Free and Voluntary Present)
Craven, Maxwell and Stanley, Michael (1991) "Derbyshire Country House."
Has a section on Riber Castle (There is on site info about Riber Castle)
Daniel, C. (1978) "Derbyshire Portraits"
Has a short account of John Smedley (Read about John Smedley)
"The Derbyshire Village Book" published by the Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes & Countryside Books, 1991. ISBN 1 85306 133 6 [now out of print, but quoted on site]
"Derbyshire Within Living Memory" published by the Derbyshire Federation of Women's Institutes & Countryside Books, 1996. ISBN 1 85306 399 1. Members of Starkholmes W.I. were amongst the contributors.
"The Derwent Valley Mills and their Communities", published by The Derwent Valley Mills Partnership, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, 2001. ISBN 0-9541940-0-4**

"An historical account of Masson, Cromford, Belper, Milford, Darley Abbey and Lombe's Mills and the communities which grew up around them. The story of the historical events during the eighteenth century which took place between Matlock and Derby in the Derwent Valley as the factory system was born."

Over 100 pages, beautifully illustrated and wonderfully informative; this is a really well researched book. There are descriptions of all types of listed buildings in the area, from the mills and the workers' cottages to the outside privies. Biographies of the leaders in the mill trade are included. This was part of the successful bid for World Heritage status. Produced by a Steering Panel that includes English Heritage, The Arkwright Society and several councils. Sponsored by the University of Derby and The Derbyshire.
  Front Cover of The Derwent Valley Mills and their Communities
Image reproduced with kind permission

Available from:
- The Arkwright Society, Sir Richard Arkwright's Cromford Mill, Mill Lane, Cromford, DE4 3RQ Price £14.90 + £2.50 p&p (UK)
(Cheques to the Arkwright Society)
- The County Library County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG Price £14.90 + £2.50 p&p (UK)
(Cheques to Derbyshire County Council)
Contact details for County Hall LSL to check availability and p&p
Duggins, Ron
Ron Duggins worked for the Matlock Mercury for many years. His series of books about Matlock and District are filled with pictures published in the newspaper over four decades and include, in the earlier books, photographs that were taken by the late Harry Gill.

- (2006) "Echoes of the Dales", the 1950s, pub. Landmark, Ashbourne, Derbyshire. ISBN 1-84306-306-9, £9.99.
*See Disclaimer (The first print run ran out, so more were printed shortly before Christmas 2006)
- (2007) "Echoes of the Dales", the 1960s, pub. Landmark ISBN 13: 978-1-84306-346-9 (on the back cover ISBN 1-84306-346-8), £9.99.
- (2008) "Echoes of the Dales", the 1970s, pub. Landmark ISBN-13: 978-1-84306-365-0, £9.99.
- (2009) "Echoes of the Dales", the 1980s, Part 1 pub. Landmark ISBN-13: 978-1-84306-417-6, £9.99.
- (2009) "Echoes of the Dales", the 1980s, Part 2 pub. Landmark, £9.99.

Read a review of the 1950s book on Derbyshire GUKUTILS (will open in a new tab or window)
Read a review of the 1970s book on Derbyshire GUKUTILS (will open in a new tab or window)
Read a review of the 1980s book (Part 1) on Derbyshire GUKUTILS (will open in a new tab or window)
Read a review of the 1980s book (Part 2) on Derbyshire GUKUTILS (will open in a new tab or window)
Edwards, David G. (edited by) (1982) "Derbyshire Hearth Tax Assessments 1662 - 70", pub. The Derbyshire Record Society Volume VII. [now out of print, but being republished]
Hearth Tax assessments for Matlock in 1670 are to be found under the entries for the Wirksworth Hundred (pp.188-190). 120 Matlock names in that year had to pay the annual tax which was levied on the number of fire hearths they had. This was also referred to as 'chimney money'.
An alphabetic list of Matlock surnames can be found on the page Matlock Names in 17th Century Lists - Hearth Tax
(See link to The Derbyshire Record Society, under 'Derbyshire')
Flindall, Roger and Hayes, Andrew (1976) "The Caverns and Mines of Matlock Bath, 1 The Nestus Mines: Rutland and Masson Caverns", Moorland Publishing Company
Glover, Catherine and Riden, Philip (edited by) (1981) "William Woolley's History of Derbyshire" Derbyshire Record Society Volume VI. Although Woolley's "History" was written in 1712 it has not been published before
Hardy, Clive. (1999) "Around Matlock", Waterton Press, Bridgend. ISBN 1-84125-107-0.
Reproductions from the Francis Frith Collections. Frith was a Victorian photographer and the book includes clear photographs from the 1880's. Photographs of Willersley Castle, Lea Hurst and Cromford are included
Henstock, Norman (?) "Matlock Congregational Church 1848 - 1972 - Its Origin and Its History"
(See the onsite list of Pastors)
Hornsey, Brian (1997) "Ninety Years of Cinema in Buxton, Matlock, New Mills" pub. Fuchsiaprint ISBN 1873969422
Innes-Smith, Robert (1978 and 1993) "Matlock Bath", pub. Derbyshire Countryside Ltd., Lodge Lane, Derby DE1 3HE ISBN 0-85100-113-0.
Useful and inexpensive booklet.
Johnson, Marion (1970) "Derbyshire Village Schools in the Nineteenth Century", pub. David & Charles, Newton Abbot ISBN 0-7153 4757 8
"Matlock, Ashbourne, Bakewell, Wirksworth" (1999) ISBN 1859826954
Merrill, John N. (1994) "Matlock" pub. Trail Crest Publications ISBN 1874754276
Mitchell, Ian (2000) "A History of All Saints' Church Matlock Bank (1876-2000)", pub. All Saints' PCC. There is no ISBN number. The book also has some information about All Saints' School
All Saints' Church web site.

Also: "A Matlock Bank Miscellany, Essays by Members of the All Saints' Local History Group" (2002).
(On this site: About All Saints' Church | About All Saints' School)
Naylor, Peter J., "The Derbyshire connections of the Stokely Family of Iowa". A private publication for the descendants of the Allen family of Riber. A copy was donated to Derbyshire County Library, Local Studies Department, in 1987 (now part of Derbyshire Record Office).
Naylor, Peter (November 2003) "History of Matlock", Landmark Collector's Library ISBN: 1 84306 081 7 £15.95
Read a review of this book on Derbyshire GUKUTILS (will open in a new window)
Oakes, J. Margaret (2009) "A Window on John Smedley's World", Country Books, Little Longstone, Derbyshire, £11.50. ISBN 978-1-906789 13 8**.

This is currently available (2016) in local bookshops and newsagents.
 
Porter, L & Fowkes, D. (1979 reprinted 1986) "Bygone Days in the Peak District", Morland Publishing Co. Ltd., Ashbourne Derbyshire. ISBN 0-86190016-2 (paperback)
Photographs and short descriptions. Includes Matlock Bath station building and Matlock's Tram.
Roberts, Alan (2012), "Matlock & Matlock Bath Through Time", pub Amberley Publishing, The Hill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4EP. RRP £14.99
Some lovely historic images, many from Picture the Past, with comparable photographs of the view or building today.
Robinson, Arnold (1995) "Cycling Around Matlock" pub. Footprint ISBN 1874754365
Rodgers, Frank (1992) "Curiosities of Derbyshire and the Peak District", pub. Derbyshire Countryside ISBN 0-85100-112-2 (paperback).
Matlock's Curiosities (Riber Castle and the Wishing Stone at Lumsdale) are included.
Rodgers, Frank (2000) "More Curiosities of Derbyshire and the Peak District", pub. Derbyshire Countryside ISBN 0-85100-132-7 (paperback).
Scollins, Richard and Titford, John (2000) "Ey Up Mi Duck! Dialect of Derbyshire and the East Midlands" pub. Countryside Books, Newbury, Berkshire ISBN 1 85306 658 3
Smith, Martin (1998) "Walks Around Matlock" pub. Dalesman ISBN 185568148X
Paperback for hikers and walkers
Smith, Roly "Matlock Photographic Memories" from the Francis Frith Collection, Series of Photographic Memories ISBN 1-85937-676-2 (paperback)
Taylor, Keith (2010) "Matlock and the Great War 1914 - 1919", Country Books/Ashridge Press. ISBN 978 1 906789 38 1. Limited Edition**

"Matlock's families were not to be spared the suffering and sacrifice that came with war."

Available from:
The County Library County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, £12.99 + p&p (UK)
Cheques to Derbyshire County Council
See Contact details for County Hall LSL to check availability and p&p

Published in mid November 2010, this is almost the last book of Keith Taylor's about the names on the local war memorials. He has previously published information about, for example, memorials at Bonsall, Darley Dale, Winster, Baslow, Rowsley, Edensor, Pilsley and Beeley.

Matlock & Matlock Bath's War Memorials
 

Taylor, Keith (2012) "The Matlocks and District in the Second World War - A Diary of Events in Matlock, Matlock Bath and District 1935 - 1955", Country Books/Ashridge Press. ISBN 978-1-906789-71-8. Limited Edition **

The stories of the servicemen who lost their lives during the Second World War and who are commemorated on the Matlock, Matlock Bath or Ernest Bailey School Memorials, together with tales of life on the Home Front. The author has ensured that those who died will not be forgotten.

Available from:
County Hall Local Studies Library, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG, £14.99 + p&p (UK)
Cheques to Derbyshire County Council
See Contact details for County Hall LSL to check availability and p&p

Matlock & Matlock Bath's War Memorials

 
Turbutt, Gladwyn (1999) "History of Derbyshire" pub. Merton Priory Press, Four large volumes.
An extremely impressive history of the county that has been highly acclaimed by the critics.
Waite, Glynn (2012) "The Matlock Cable Tramway", Pynot Publishing, 50 Main Road, Holmesfield, Dronfield, Derbyshire. ISBN 978-0-9562706-5-8. Soft cover, £19.99.**
Copies available from the publisher

The author's thorough research and the wonderful photographs makes this book stand out amongst recent Matlock publications. It makes fascinating reading.
Also see Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway)


Read a review of Glynn's "Cromford Station - A History" on Derbyshire GUKUTILS (the page will open in a new tab or window)
 
Wigfull, Phil (2011) "The Romping Lion - The story of the Dakeyne Disc Engine", Country Books, ISBN 978 1 906789 50 3.
Not strictly Matlock but deals with the extraordinary machinery built by two of the Dayekne family for their flax mills at Darley.
Willis, Lynn and Parker, Harry (1999) "Images Of England: Peak District Mining and Quarrying", pub. Tempus Publishing Limited, Gloucester  ISBN 0-7524-1710-X
Includes pictures of members of the Barmote Court, some of whom were from Matlock and Matlock Bath, and a history of the Nestus Mine.
Books: possible availability and reviews
Books that are out of print
Availability of the older titles or more recent out of print books on-line.
Modern titles:
Try either:
- the independent bookshop at the old Hassop Station in Derbyshire (used to be Countrybookshop). It no longer lists titles on line, but will you can email to see if they have the book you want;
- or Scarthin Books (again, you will need to email them, but their service has always been quick and efficient).
Derbyshire GUKUTILS: Derbyshire Book Reviews & Summaries (opens in a new window)
Read Julie Bunting's reviews of books about the county on Rosemary Lockie's page
Other Publications: CDs, Floppies, Microfiche and Videos
Derbyshire Family History Society have many publications for sale. Of relevance to Matlock and District are various census indexes, trades directories, strays indexes and the Matlock Bath Holy Trinity memorial inscriptions which are published on microfiche.
These are available from:
The Booksales Manager of Derbyshire Family History Society (see web site for address and to confirm price).
Registers available on CD include:

  Cover of the CD, Image © Ivor Neal and reproduced with kind permission   1. Indexes of St. Giles' Church Registers (Matlock Parish Church)**.
The CD includes:
Baptisms 1637 - 1837 (end of), Burials 1637 - 1910, Marriages 1637 - 1860.
Price: £12.50 for UK purchasers | £13.50 for overseas.
 
The CDs are in database format with versions for Microsoft Works and Access, plus set of .CSV files for loading onto other databases. Includes photos of Matlock and these are viewable with Internet Explorer, in jpg format.

Cover of the CD, Image © Ivor Neal and reproduced with kind permission

2. Indexes of St. Mary's Church, Cromford Registers and those of Matlock Bath Holy Trinity are also available**.
The CD includes:
Cromford Baptisms 1797 - 1900 (end of), Burials 1803 - 1843, Marriages 1869 - 1900.
Matlock Bath Baptisms 1842 - 1900 (end of), Burials 1845 - 1900, Marriages 1844 - 1900.
Price: £10.00 for UK purchasers | £11.00 for overseas.

Order one or both of the CDs from:-
Val Neal, 50 Main Street, Middleton, MATLOCK, Derbyshire, DE4 4LU, England

Cheques should be made payable to Val Neal. I'd be grateful if you told Val that you are enquiring about the CD as a result of seeing the above information

(For CD transcripts of other local churches and chapels - see GENUKI)

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