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This section covers Matlock, Riber and Starkholmes. The selected reports begin with a quack doctor and the death of a married woman in 1745 and finish with the death of Matlock's then oldest resident in 1928.

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The Derby Mercury, 25 October 1745

We are desa-'d to insert the following Maelancholy Account, to prevent Country People from being impos'd upon by Quack Fellows, who stroll about the Country with Counterfeit medicines, and not only cheat and deceive ignorant Persons, but sometimes by taking them lose their Lives : as it is to be fear'd, the following is a plain Instance, viz. Last Week the Wife of one John Walton, on Matlock Bank, not being very well, a shabby Fellow, who pretended to be a Doctor, told her he could give her something that would do her good, and accordingly gave her a dose of his Physick, about Nine in the Morning, and she dy'd at Two in the Afternoon of the same Day. The Man upon hearing of her Death, immediately made off ; he has a Wife and Child travels along with him.

The burial of Mrs Ann Walton is shown in the 1745 Church Records.


Leicester and Nottingham Journal, 17 April, 1762

Deserted from Lieutenant Gossip of Col Barre's regiment of foot
Anthony Bunting age 26 5" 9' Black haired curled, fresh complexion, Hazel eyes, was a Hat Maker born Matlock enlisted at Wakefield 28 Feb 1762.
Deserted from Burton on Trent 14 April (UN)

This was almost certainly the Anthony Bunting whose christening was recorded in Matlock in 1734.
There are other Matlock Deserters listed


The Derby Mercury, 8 November 1765

Tuesday a Dispensation passed the Seal, to empower the Rev. Benjamin Borroughs, M.A., formerly a Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge, to hold the Rectory of Moreton, in the County of Derby, Derby, and Diocese of Lichfield and Coventry, to which he was lately presented, together with the Rectory of Matlock, near Matlock Bath, in the same County and Diocese, worth near 200l. per Annum.

Rectors of St. Giles' Church, Matlock.


The Derby Mercury, 5 August 1784

On Thursday last died, at Matlock, this county, Anne Clowes, widow, aged 103. She measured three feet nine inches in height, and weighed about 481b. - The house she resided in was as diminutive (in proportion) herself, containing only one room, about eight feet square.

See burial entry in the parish register


Derby Mercury, Thursday 11 October 1787

All Persons to whom Edmund Hodgkinson, late of Matlock-Mill, in the County of Derby, Gent, deceased, stood indebted at the Time of his Death, are requested to send a particular Account of their respective Demands to Mr. WOLLEY, Attorney at Matlock, as soon as possible.
Matlock, 10th October 1787


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, April 3, 1822

On the 27th November last, aged 42, at Kingston, in Jamaica, Anthony Haynes, Esq., son of Thomas and Ann Haynes, late of Riber, in this county-He had resided in Kingston 20 years, as a merchant, and had acquired a handsome fortune, which he has left equally amongst his brothers and sisters.


Derby Reporter, Thursday 29 March, 1827

On 17th instant, Mr. Luke Wilson, inn-keeper, Matlock, in the 83rd year of his age.


The Derby Mercury, 30 July 1828

On the 22 instant, an accident occurred at Matlock, which has thrown a respectable family, and their friends, into great distress. A Miss Mary Hodgkinson, of Matlock Bath, was, about eight o'clock in the evening, proceeding, in company with two little girls, one her sister-in-law and the other her niece, from her own residence to that of her father's, at Matlock Bridge, When about a quarter of a mile from the latter place, she turned off the road towards some steps which lead to the river, and where there is, generally, a boat ; and as it is supposed in attempting to pluck some flowers she fell into the water ; the girls, who were at a short distance, on hearing the noise, immediately called out for assistance, but, before anyone could get to her, assistance was in vain ; she was seen floating down the stream (which was at the time rather strong) and almost instantly sunk to rise no more. - It is remarkable that although they commenced dragging the river within a quarter of an hour after the accident, the body was not found until two o'clock the next day. - An inquest was held on Thursday before Thomas Mander, Gent., coroner, and a verdict of accidental death returned.

Mary Hodgkinson was buried at St. Giles. She was the half sister of Lindsey Hodgkinson.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 21 January 1835

BURGLARY. - On Wednesday night last, Miss Bown's house, of Matlock Bridge, was forcibly entered by some thieves who were, however, disturbed by the family before they had secured any very valuable booty. The only property taken was four or five bottles of wine. On the same night an attempt was made to break into the house of Miss Ardren, of Matlock town, but an alarm being given the thieves decamped.

Image of Phoebe Bown

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 4 March, 1835

COMMITTED TO DERBY GAOL. - William Oates, charged with stealing a piece of plum cake at Matlock.


The Derby Mercury, 6 July 1836

Derbyshire Midsummer Sessions
Adam Knowles, aged 45, indicted for stealing at Matlock, of one sovereign, and a metal box, the property of Joseph Marriott. Guilty; but recommended to the mercy of the Court.-Fined 1s. and discharged.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 12 September, 1838

ROBBERY AT MATLOCK. - The shop of Mr. Statham, tailor, of Matlock Green, was burglariously entered on Wednesday night week, and property, consisting of clothes and other articles, carried away to the amount of about twelve pounds.

Wakes - see Matlock Bath

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 11 December, 1839

ENORMOUS TURNIP. - A turnip was drawn last week in the garden of Mr. G. S. Goose, Matlock Bank, of the extraordinary circumference of thirty seven inches and weighing twenty eight pounds. It was perfectly clear and sound throughout. Mr. Goose has several others growing of apparently the same girth and weight, or nearly so.


Derby Mercury, Wednesday 12 February, 1840

A PHILANTHROPIC WISH. - Captain __ coming into a room at Matlock, lamented in no very mild terms that a female relative from whom he had great expectations was suddenly dead having actually cut him off with a shilling. An eccentric, but well known little individual present replied, "Ah, Captain, what a lucky fellow you are: I wish someone would die, and cut me off with a shilling, and _ give me half of it now."

Amongst the Death notices were:
On the 26th ult., at Matlock, Mr. George Robinson, aged 66 years.
On the 31st ult., at Matlock, Mr. Thomas Barton Carline, aged 31years.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 5 March, 1845

Frederick Wright, of Matlock Bank, committed to prison for two months, or pay 2l. 10s. for bastardy.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 14 May, 1845

MATLOCK FAIR. - At this fair of Friday the show of stock was larger than usual. Both barren cows and milers bore nominally a high value, but the business done was on a limited scale as compared with the supply of the beasts. High prices were asked for sheep and pigs, but we do not hear that many of either changed hands...

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 28 May, 1845

John Blackwell, of Matlock, committed to Derby gaol, for hard labour for one month, or pay 2l. 2s. 6d. for poaching.

The Morning Post, Saturday, 5 July, 1845

An Ancient Bridegroom and Bride. - At Matlock on Monday week, Samuel Fox, of Starkholmes, was married to Mrs Martha Botham. The united ages of the loving couple amounted to 135 years.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 13 June, 1849

AN UNFORTUNATE YOUNG MAN. - A young man named Isaac Statham, son of Mr. Joshua Statham, joiner, of Starkholmes near Matlock, about a year and a half ago received a blow on the head from a large piece of limestone propelled from a blast, and was so mush injured that he lay in a perfect state of coma about three weeks, and, in fact, never fully recovered the use of his faculties. Four months since he again received a blow on the head, and six weeks ago he was suddenly missed from his father's house about noon, and not returning during the following night, Mr. Statham (who had heard him talk about pigeon nests), assembled some friends and commenced a search among the cliffs and crags of the neighbourhood. Their efforts were fruitless until about 10 the following morning, when the poor fellow was found in a cleft, or exhausted lead vein, known as the High Tor Rake. He had fallen about 22 yards from the rock down the fissure, and was lying bruised and insensible - but without dislocation or fracture - and with his legs jammed fast between two fragments of rock. He was drawn to the top of the Tor or rock by ropes and was conveyed home, where he remained for weeks again insensible, yet strange to say appears now to be recovering, although slowly.

The family were at Riber in the 1841 census. He was still in Starkholmes in the 1851 census, with his young wife.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday 3, July, 1850

SPECIAL TRIP TO HADDON HALL. - On Monday last, the sunday scholars belonging to the Wesleyan Sunday School, Matlock Bridge, and those belonging to the Independent Chapel, Matlock Green, were conducted by their teachers and friends, accompanied by the Matlock brass band in their uniform, by a special train to Rowsley, and thence proceeded to old Haddon. Upon reaching Haddon Hall, the party partook of refreshment, after which Mr. Whewell, the Independent Minister, delivered a lecture on the antiquity of Haddon, in the large Assembly-room. Having spent four or five hours in the hall and grounds, the party returned highly pleased with their excursion, and on arriving at Matlock Bridge Station, the scholars proceeded to their respective schools, where they were regaled with buns, &c.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 6 November, 1850

DEPLORABLE AND FATAL ACCIDENT NEAR MATLOCK. - A distressing incident, accompanied by loss of life, happened on Newhaven fair day, to a party returning in a spring cart to Matlock from the fair. Mr. William Fox, his wife, son, and a female neighbour named Mary Ann Robinson, had been selling confectionary at Newhaven, and had proceeded on their homeward journey to the "Via Gellia", and between the turnpike and Grange Mill, and the "Lilies of the Valley" public house, the mare Mr. Fox was driving, pushed forward past another horse and cart in advance, and in doing so a wheel of the first named vehicle ran up a steep bank, the cart overturning, and of course throwing the whole party violently to the ground. The night was dark, and it is believed that Mr. Fox, in the confusion of the moment attempted to jump from his seat, and in doing so by some means got under the horse. The driver of the other cart perceiving something had happened, promptly ran to the assistance of the party, and seeing the horse plunging on the road held down his head, of course not being in the least aware that he was holding the unfortunate man down also ; other assistance shortly arrived and Mr. Fox was at length drawn from under the horse quite dead. Mrs. Fox and Mrs. Robinson both received severe injuries about the head, but the boy providentially escaped almost unhurt. An inquest was taken the following day before Mr. Mander, coroner, at the "Lilies of the Valley", and these facts being adduced in evidence, a verdict was returned accordingly. The deceased was a respectable industrious man, and has left a family of seven children unprovided for.


The Belfast News-Letter, Monday, 25 October, 1852

PATRIARCAL FAMILY. - There are seven individuals now living in the neighbourhood of Matlock, named Boden, whose united ages amount to 517 years. The youngest of this family is in his 64th year and regularly follows the occupation of a quarryman - Derbyshire Courier


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 26 September, 1855

MATLOCK BRIDGE AND MATLOCK TOWN. - By the exertions of the Churchwardens and other gentlemen and ladies in the neighbourhood, a handsome sum was raised in order to give a treat to the children of the poor on Saturday week, in further celebration of the fall of Sebastopol. During the process of roasting, Sir Joseph Paxton and Lady Paxton, who had contributed handsomely) drove up and were loudly cheered. A number of barrels of ale were procured from the various publicans to regale the people, who enjoyed themselves exceedingly. After the feasting, dancing commenced in front of Mr. Bratby's, and was kept up by hundreds with great spirit till the shades of the evening closed upon them. The Queen's Head (Roper's) and the Crown (Gregory's) were crowded with joyful guests, and all passed off with utmost harmony ; each one vying with the other to enhance the pleasure of the occasion. At Matlock Town, the ringers, who had been remembered also by Sir Joseph Paxton, got up a handsome treat on Monday afternoon. A long table was laid out under the magnificent Sycamore tree in front of Spencer's, the Wheat-sheaf, where such as pleased partook of the ample provision made for them : this over, dancing commenced under the shade of this fine tree, which was only occasionally interrupted for a speech or a song from some of the gentleman present. After ten o'clock all that remained entered the large room at Spencer's, where dancing was kept up with great spirit till early in the morning : and joy and happiness prevailed during the whole afternoon and evening - the singers and the host, and others, doing their utmost to promote this effect.

Matlock Bath also celebrated the fall of Sebastopol - see that newspaper report.
Matlock: St. Giles' Church and Green, 1914. All that remained of the tree is a broken stump.


Derby Mercury, April 1856 (reprinted 25 Apr 1856 in The Manchester Guardian)

SINGULAR CAPTURE OF A HAWK. - On Friday morning, about six o'clock, Mr. Farnsworth being in his shop at Matlock Bank, was startled by the breaking of glass. On looking out of the window, he perceived a large and stout pane shivered to pieces, and a disabled sparrow-hawk feebly flapping, and endeavouring to escape by the entire panes, but only further injuring itself in the futile attempt; and the bird was easily captured. -We noticed some time since the capture of a hawk in the sitting-room of Mr. Stevens, near Matlock Bridge, into which it had flown, smashing a pane of glass; but here there was an evident object of pursuit, as the hawk was found clinging to the wires of a cage containing a canary bird, which was nearly dead with fright, and Mr. Stevens caught the hawk readily, as it was much injured.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 21 January, 1857

RINGING AT MATLOCK OLD CHURCH. - The old church, with its fine old tower, at Matlock Town, is one of the oldest in the county, and possesses one of the finest peals of six bells anywhere to be found in a village church tower. Yet these bells, till lately, were never rang as a whole, except when the ringers were called to do so at weddings, or on some public occasion. The old clerk (now very infirm) assisted by his nephew, used to manage to chime the people to church on Sundays. But recently, with a spirit highly creditable to the ringers, they commenced doing Sunday duty freely and without charge, so that far and near, swelling over our valleys and echoing amongst our rocks and dells may be heard the church going bells, ringing merrily to invite the people to their old church at the stated hours of service. To celebrate this happy commencement, like all true Englishmen, the good things of this world were not forgotten, for they, with their friends specially invited for the occasion, sat down to a substantial supper, provided by Mr. Froggatt, at the Hose-shoe Inn, on Friday night last ; Mr. Ingall (churchwarden) - taking the chair, with Mr. Adam his vice, and a pleasanter or happier party scarcely could be. All returned to their homes at an early hour, much pleased with their first anniversary supper.

Churches and Chapels - St. Giles'.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, May 12, 1858

This newly formed club, now numbering 51 members, had their first practice day on Wednesday last, in the new ground on the Hall Lees, near Matlock Bridge. The land has been secured by fence, and having been properly levelled, is now in admirable order for the noble and old English game. At about eight, a party of about thirty members and friends sat down to an excellent supper of beef, veal, lamb, poultry, plum puddings, &c and the appetites of the guests bore conclusive testimony as to the health and exhilarating effect of the exercised just experienced, coupled with the enjoyment of the bracing breeze, which favoured the players during the day. John Else, Esq., occupied the chair, faced by Mr. W. Green, and after the customary loyal and patriotic toasts had been given and well received, the toast of the evening, "The Matlock Cricket Club", was proposed by Mr. Edward Brown, and responded to by Mr. Coates, the hon. Secretary. Harmony now became the order of the party, and a pleasant and convivial evening followed. Several new members were proposed and accepted.

Lists Through the Centuries: The Nineteenth Century: Matlock Cricket Club, 1857 - 1900

The Times, 2 Nov 1858

FRIGHTFUL RAILWAY ACCIDENT-.--A frightful accident occurred on the Ambergate branch of the Midland Railway on Monday morning, which resulted in the death of Mrs. Wildgoose (sister to Lady Paxton) and a man named Wall, a porter in the employ of the Midland Railway Company. It appears that the Ambergate train arrived at Matlock Bridge Station in due course; and Mrs. Wildgoose, who intended going to Rowsley, on seeing the train approaching the station, attempted to cross the line. Her critical situation was observed by Wall, the porter, who attempted to pull her back, but, dreadful to relate, the engine of the approaching train caught them, knocked them down, the train passed over them, and they were killed [section omitted]. The event has caused great distress in the above romantic village. The bodies await an inquest to be held this (Tuesday) morning.


Derby Mercury, Wednesday 9 September 1863

Mr. Morrall, a Member of the Society of Friends, and residing at Matlock, in Derbyshire, was making strenuous efforts to raise the cost of life-boats from persons having the same surname.

There is more about Mr Morrall and his wife. See: The Murder of Martha Morrall, 26 March 1891


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 28 September, 1864

Wirksworth Petty Sessions.
Josiah Davis, of Matlock Bank, bathman, charged with leaving his wife and child chargeable to the parish of Matlock, was ordered to pay the expenses incurred and costs, in fourteen days, or be committed to prison.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 2 November, 1864

Rifle Shooting at Matlock.
On Wednesday, the 19th inst., a shooting match took place between the honorary members of the Matlock Rifle Corps, at the Cawdor Butts.
The sides were chosen by Mr James Smith, of the Darley Nurseries, and Mr Robert Sybray, of Snitterton-hall. A sweepstake was then raised for three prizes, which were won by the following gentlemen, the ranges being 150 and 200 yards, five shots at each range:-

First prize,
Second do.,
Third do.,
  Mr James Smith
Mr John Marriot [sic]
Mr. T. H. Newbold
  - 25 points
- 22 "
- 22 "

For the second prize the tie between Mr Marriott and Mr Newbold was shot off when Mr Marriott proved the winner.
Another match was then formed as follows:- Lieut, Campbell, Colour Sergeant Woodfield, Sergt. Smith, and Sergt. Coates, against eight of the highest scorers in the last match, five shots at 360 and five at 400 yards. After some good shooting on both sides, the four gentlemen lost the match by four points.
After some further shooting the parties adjourned to Mrs. Roper's, the Queen's Head Inn, where an excellent dinner was provided. After the cloth was drawn the usual loyal toasts were given. The splendid band of corps attended and played some good selections in first-rate style. The company broke up at an early hour each one satisfied with his day's sport.


Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 22 April, 1868

During the past week Matlock has been honoured by the Right Hon. Speaker of the House of Commons. The right hon. gentleman spent a considerable portion of his time at Riber Castle and Matlock Bank.

[This gentleman was Evelyn Denison, 1st Viscount Ossington]


The Derbyshire Times, 14 September 1872

Distressing Suicide.- On Wednesday last, a very distressing case of suicide by hanging occurred at Riber, near Matlock. A man, named Reuben Oscroft, a painter and gilder, has been employed for several years past at Riber Castle, but a short time ago he was requested to get another position. About six o'clock on Wednesday evening, Mrs. Oscroft went up-stairs to see him, but found the bed-room door fast; when the door was forced open, deceased was found hanging to the bed-post by a silk pocket handkerchief. Medical aid was at once sent for but before it arrived life was extinct. The deceased leaves a widow, and five children under fourteen years of age.

High Peak News, 14 September 1872

A.O. Brookes, Esq., held an inquest at Riber Castle, Matlock, on Friday, the 6th of September, on the body of Reuben Oscroft, who hanged himself on the previous day in his bed-room. Following is the evidence:-

Charlotte Oscroft, of Riber, Matlock, said the body the jury had just viewed was that of her husband. He was forty-four years of age. on the previous Wednesday he came home from Matlock to the Lodge at Riber. He went into the room they were in, in the Chapel. He looked very strange, but never spoke. He sat down upon one of the forms, and George Ridgeley of Lea, had sent her husband a note to say that W Keeling, painter, wanted to see him about some work at Knowlstone place. Her husband had been to see Mr Keeling, before the note arrived and had bargained for the work, he laughed at the note and threw it to one side, he then went up stairs to his bedroom, and she saw him a few minutes afterwards, lying upon the bed, and he fell asleep, till four o'clock. she went up stairs at that time and asked him to have his tea. He said bring it me up, and I sent it up by a little girl. Witness went up again and asked him what he intended doing, and he said "What would you do." She said she would see after those little jobs he had in view. He then said "I am too full of trouble, fetch me a sup of water to wash my face." She made him no answer but went down stairs, it was about a quarter to six o'clock. She had not been down more than five minutes before he bolted the door, which was a customary thing for him to do. At this time Mr Smedley sent a boy down to ask after her husband. She went up stairs, and called several times, but received no answer. She said to her girl "Fetch Mr Nuttall," and she did so, but before he arrived, she (witness) got the coal hammer and broke open the door, and on entering the room found her husband hanging by the neck at the foot of an iron bedstead, he had attached his handkerchief to his neck and was quite dead. His heels were on the ground. Her husband had been in an asylum at Nottingham for eight months, and his father had destroyed himself by hanging.

John Nuttall, labourer, of Riber, said on Wednesday last, witness sent to him by a little girl, to say that her father was poorely, and that she wanted to see him, upon which he went to the Lodge, when he got there he went up stairs to the bedroom of the deceased and found his wife with him on her knee. Life was gone. The handkerchief which was upon his neck, she had loosened. Deceased had always been treated with he greatest kindness at the hands of Mr Smedley who had desired deceased to take up business on his own account and he would find him money. Verdict:- "Died by hanging himself whilst in a fit of temporary derangement.
[Pat McQuin writes: spelling and punctuation above as in the original. There is also an error in the original story, in that it talk of the suicide occurring the previous day, that is Thursday, when death took place on Wednesday]

Midland Gazette, Saturday, 14 September, 1872

Distressing Suicide. - A very distressing case of suicide, by hanging occurred at Riber, near Matlock. A man named
Reubens [this spelling is used here] Oscroft, painter and gilder, a native of Sutton-in-Ashfield, and who has for several years been employed by Mr Smedley, Esq., at Riber Castle, but a short time ago he was requested to get another situation and since that time it is supposed that he has been drinking rather heavily. About 6 o'clock on Wednesday evening, the 4th inst., Mrs Oscroft went upstairs to see him, but found the bedroom door fast, when the door was forced open, deceased was found hanging to the bed- post by a silk pocket handkerchief. Medical aid was at once sent for but before it arrived life was extinct. The deceased leaves a widow, and five children under fourteen years of age.

Derbyshire Times, 14 December 1872

Amongst the marriage and death notices was the following:
TOWLE-STATHAM - Dec 12, at St. Giles' Church, Matlock, by the Rev. W. R. Melville, M.A., rector. Henry Towle, agent for the Midland Railway Company, Matlock Bridge to Hannah, eldest daughter of Mr. N. Statham, Matlock Green.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 13 March, 1878

SERVICE OF SONG. - On Sunday, at the Primitive Methodist Chapel, two successive performances of the popular service of song, "Eva" were given by the choir. The beautiful hymns and pieces of which this service consists, were very sweetly and effectively sung, and the connecting readings impressively rendered by the Rev. J. Morgan, of Winster. Mr. W. Farnsworth, acted as conductor, and Mr. J. H. Farnsworth presided at the harmonium. The congregations were very fair, and the collections good.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 19 April, 1882

CONCERT. - A miscellaneous concert was given in the National Schoolroom on the 10th instant, which was well attended. The performers were the Misses Bailey, Quillam, and Brigstocke, Mr. Gregory, the Rev. E. Baddeley, Mr. Stone and Miss Stevenson. This is the first concert that has been held in the National Schoolroom.


The Penny Illustrated Paper and Illustrated Times, Saturday, March 10, 1883

On Sunday morning last a fearful tragedy was enacted at Matlock Bridge, a son having, it is supposed, murdered his father and then attempted suicide, at Mr. Merchant's, The Cottage, Matlock Bridge. Shortly before noon Mrs. Merchant asked the son to open the bed-room door, which he at once did, and then a sickening spectacle presented itself. The father (the Rev. Julius Binns [sic, actually Benn]) was lying on a bed with his skull battered in. The son had a fearful wound in his throat, evidently self inflicted.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 6 January, 1886

SOIREE. - The annual soiree in connection with the Football Club was held in the Assembly Rooms on Thursday night. The room was suitably decorated, and a large number of ladies and gentlemen were present. Dancing commenced at eight o'clock, and was kept up spiritedly until two the following morning to the strains of Mr. J. H. Barnes's efficient quadrille band. Mr. J. Blackshaw catered, and Mr. J. Clay was the M.C., the whole of the arrangements being carried out under the supervision of Mr. G. W. Richards, the secretary.

John Clay, 2 X g uncle of the web mistress, was living at the White House in 1891.
G. W. Richards lived on the Dimple


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 14 January, 1891

FOOTBALL CLUB SUPPER. - the first annual supper of the Matlock Football Club, was given by private subscription at the Old English Hotel on Tuesday night. ABout 50 were present including the players, and Mr. George Davis presided, Mr. Joshua Statham taking the vice-chair. The proceedings were agreeably interspersed with songs, &c.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 28 January, 1891

RELIEF OF DISTRESS. - The fund of the Matlock Relief Committee had reached 106l. on Saturday, and subscriptions continue to come in to Mr. J. Smith, C.C., the chairman, and the hon. secretary, the Rev. E. J. Bagshaw. Upwards of 100 tons of coal have been distributed, besides tickets for groceries, &c. The committee, numbering about twenty members, has been divided into districts, and they report the prevalence of more distress than was anticipated. One case which came before the notice of Messrs. W. K. Moore and W. B. Askew, members of the Local Board, was pitiable in its extremity. When these gentlemen reached the house the occupants - a man, wife and three children - had been without fire for three clear days. Prior to this period they had been reduced to the necessity of breaking up the furniture to maintain heat and chairs, a bedstead, and other things had been demolished. The genuineness of the case was beyond doubt, as the man had only recently returned from the hospital in time to do a fortnight's work when the frost set in.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 4 May, 1892

THE POLICE STATION SCANDAL.- The local sanitary authorities have condemned the Matlock-town lock-up as uninhabitable. We understand that the Standing Joint Committee of the County Council are considering a scheme for dealing with the requirements for this district. It has long been cause for complaint that Matlock has not had a resident superintendent of police, it being subservient to Wirksworth in this respect, and it is now hoped that the county and authorities will also consider this part of the question as well as the other.

Lists Through the Centuries: The Nineteenth Century: Keeping Law and Order

High Peak News, 3rd August 1892

Death of Mr. Timothy Taylor.
We have to record this week the death of this well-known and respected inhabitant of Tansley, at an advanced age. It will be remembered that the deceased retired from business as the proprietor of the George and Dragon, at Tansley, about two years ago, after having been there for nearly half a century. His figure was well known for many miles, and for many years he took a prominent part in local public affairs. He was treasurer of the Tansley Lodge of Oddfellows for a lengthy period, and he was also Poor Law Guardian at Bakewell. Besides this Mr. Taylor was chosen overseer for Matlock many years ago, and in his day he undertook many duties to the good of his fellow-residents, all of which he discharged faithfully and to the general satisfaction of the district he represented. He attained the great age of 88 years last May, and he had been ailing for some time before his death. On Monday week Mr. Taylor had a slight stroke, and, gradually sinking, the end came peacefully on Sunday morning last. Dr. W. Moxon, of Matlock, was his medical attendant. The deceased leaves a widow, five sons, and one daughter. The funeral took place at Matlock Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. E. J. Bagshaw officiating. The cortege left the residence of the deceased, at Tansley, at a quarter to four, and the interment was conducted at half-past four, amid general manifestations of respect. There was a hearse and six mourning coaches, supplied by Mr. Joseph Boden, of Matlock, and the mourners and friends included the following: -
First carriage, Mr. John Taylor (Matlock Bridge), eldest son of the deceased; Mrs. Taylor, widow of the deceased; Mrs. Bramwell (Litton), daughter of the deceased; Mr. T. Taylor (Mansfield), son of the deceased.

Second carriage - Mr. Thos. Taylor (Brackenfield), son of the deceased; Mrs. Thos. Taylor. Mrs. John Taylor (Matlock Bridge), Mr. William Taylor (Mansfield), son of the deceased.

Third carriage - Mr. George Taylor (Tansley), son of the deceased; Mrs. Fox, grand-daughter; Mr. T. Taylor and Mr. J. Taylor (Matlock), grandsons; Mr. and Miss. Evans (Tideswell).

Fourth carriage - Mr. W. Clarke (Tansley), grandson; Misses. Smith (Tansley), grand-daughters; Mrs. Spencer (Matlock Cliff).
Fifth - Mr. W. Clarke (Tansley), Mr. Samuel Twigg, Mr. W. Hadfield, and Mr. Joshua Statham (Matlock). The bearers were four nephews of the deceased, viz., Mr T. Taylor (Royal Oak, Tansley), Mr. Jno. Holmes (Chesterfield), Mr. Newton Burton (Tansley), and Mr. Jno. Ellis (Tansley). The coffin was of beautifully polished oak bearing a suitable inscription. There were a number of wreathes including these from Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Taylor (Matlock), Miss. Evans (Tideswell), Mr. T. Taylor (Mansfield), Mr. Wm. Taylor (Mansfield), and others.
[Timothy Taylor was the second great-grandfather of William Taylor, who contributed this cutting.]

High Peak News, 12 November 1892 (page 5)

There was something more than unusually pathetic in the funeral of Mr. Andrew Bridge on Wednesday afternoon when he was laid in is last resting place next to his recently deceased friend Mr. John Taylor.

In the case of the vacancy on the local board caused by the death of Mr. Bridge, the members will have to appoint a successor within six weeks. The deceased member was elected last April and had over two years to serve. It was different in the case of the last vacancy as Mr. Taylor had until only next April to serve on the board.

High Peak News, 12 November 1892 (page 7)

We regret to announce the decease of Mr. Andrew Bridge, stone merchant, of Matlock Bridge, which occurred after a protracted illness extending over fifteen weeks at the Cliff Farm, his residence, on Sunday last at ten minutes to eight. The deceased was a well-known figure in the Matlock district, and he had an extensive business as a stone merchant and contractor, his quarries being those named the "Poor Lots," at Tansley. He leaves a widow, two sons and four daughters to mourn his loss. For some years the deceased took an active part in public affairs, and he was Poor Law Guardian for the Tansley parish at the time of his death, as well as a member of the Matlock Local Board. He succeeded Mr. George Staley as guardian some six years ago and last April he was voted on the Local Board, an honour which he had previously held. It is a painful coincidence in connection with the sad event that Mr. Bridge should so soon follow his friend, Mr. John Taylor and even in death they are laid side by side in the Matlock Churchyard. It may also be mentioned that while Mr. Bridge was 50 years of age, Mr. Taylor was only three years older. The funeral took place at the Parish Church on Wednesday afternoon, when much respect was shown to the deceased. The funeral procession left the residence of the deceased on Matlock Cliff at 2.30 in the afternoon, headed by the undertakers, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Joshua Statham, of Matlock Green. Then followed a deputation from the Bakewell Board of Guardians, including Mr. E. H. Garton and Mr. Henry Ward. There was also a deputation from the Matlock Local Board, which comprised the Chairman (Mr. E. Slack), Mr. G. B. Barton, Mr. W. Hursthouse and Mr. W. H. Moore. Next in the order of procession was a contingent of the employees of the deceased, numbering about forty. These were under the direction of Mr. Henry Knowles, the foreman. The hearse was glass sided, and was supplied, together with the five mourning coaches, by Mr. Joseph Boden, of Smedley Street.

The mourners were as follows:- First coach; Mrs. Bridge, widow; Mr. T. Bridge, son; Mr. Boden Bridge, son; Miss Elizabeth Bridge, daughter; Mr. John Taylor, son-in-law. Second coach: Misses Ada and Gerty Bridge, daughters; Mr. Luke Bridge, brother; Mrs. George Boden, sister. Third coach: Mr. George Boden, brother-in-law; Mrs. Beck, sister; Mrs. L. Bridge, sister-in-law; Mr. T. Boden, cousin. Fourth coach: Miss Boden, Miss Mary Bridge, cousins; Mr. G. Bridge, cousin: Mrs. Carline. Fifth coach: Mr. W. Boden, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boden, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (Monsal Dale), cousins. In addition to these there were among the followers Mr. John Else; Mr. Wm. Yeomans (Holloway), Mr. W. Clarke (Tansley), Mr. T. McMunn, Mr. Job Spendlove, Mr. Brightmore Askew, Mr. T. Taylor, Mr. A. W. Constable, Mr. John Marsden, Mr. George Allen, Mrs. S. Boden, and others. The coffin was of polished oak, with black furniture and bore the inscription:- "Andrew Bunting Bridge, died November 6th, 1892. Aged 50 years." The last rites were performed by the rector, the Rev. J. W. Kewley, and the coffin was placed in a newly-made brick-lined family vault. There were a large number of wreaths and crosses including tributes to the memory of the deceased from Mrs. Bridge and family "In loving memory"; Mr. and Mrs. John Taylor "In loving memory from his loving son and daughter"; Mrs and J. Taylor and family (Old English); Mrs. Boden, senr. (Matlock Bank); Mrs. Geo. Boden and family, Mr. Wm. Boden, Mrs. Joseph Boden and family; from the employees of the deceased; from Mr. and Mrs. Ulyett; Mr. And Mrs. Askew and family; Mr. And Mrs. George Statham, &c.,&c.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 9 June, 1897

With the laudable object of popularising this picturesque district, Messrs. Thos. Cook and Son, the renowned tourist agents, have made inclusive arrangements for parties from a distance whereby they can make an agreeable Saturday to Tuesday stay. The arrangements comprise railway fare, accommodation at a first class boarding establishment on Matlock Bank, and (on Monday) a coach drive to Dovedale. We trust the experiment may eventuate successfully, and be the means of securing increased patronage for the English Switzerland.


The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 15 February, 1899

MASONIC BALL. - On Thursday night, the annual Masonic ball, of the Arkwright Lodge, took place at the New Bath Hotel, and the event was a great success. Over 60 were present. Bro. Boag was M.C. ; Bro. Hartley hon secretary and Bro. J. Dawes the Worshipful Master, one of the stewards.

H. G. Hartley's shop in Crown Square, about 1904

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 1 March, 1899

School Board. - The monthly meeting of the Matlock School Board was held on Thursday, when Mr. Challand presided. It was reported that the names of 266 children, or 60.3 per cent., were absent through illness. In the past four years there had been an increase of 131 children attending the Board school. The salary of the clerk was increased by £10 per year in acknowledgement of School. The question of enlargement of services rendered to the Evening Continuation school to continue the cookery classes is to be dealt with, and the children of the National Schools will probably be asked to attend for those instructions.


The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 21 July 1900

Matlock Urban District Council Meeting, 16 July
The clerk read an appeal for support to the movement for advertising the district as a health resort. This stated that during the past year the Committee had incurred considerable expense in having Matlock illustrated which they thought would prove to be an inestimable advantage for the town. In addition to the publication of "Matlock Illustrated" they had 200 different views placed in railway carriages. Messrs. J. Smith and H. Challand were delegated to call for financial support to the movement. Smedley's Hydro had given five guineas and Mr. J. Smith one guinea.

Mr. Slack asked if the 500 copies of "Matlock Illustrated" had been distributed.

The Chairman gave a negative reply and said there had been nothing done in the matter.

The Chairman suggested they should refer the matter to himself and Mr. Challand and they would dispose of them in the best way possible.

The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Thursday, December 27, 1900

The movement for a rifle club has been taken up with energy in the Matlock District, principally owning to the kindly efforts of Mr. F. C. Arkwright J.P., D.L., C.C., of Willersley Castle. Mr. Wm. Jaffrey is the hon. secretary and Mr Doar the treasurer, and about 250 members have joined in the locality. The committee have now issued an appeals for funds to provide ranges in each district, as it is found the distance to the Matlock range is against the movement. It is estimated that around £50 a range is required, which makes a total needed of £300, the districts for the ranges including Matlock Bath, Lea and Holloway, Cromford, Darley Dale and Tansley. Towards the fund over £60 has been subscribed already, seven local gentlemen contributing £5 each.

The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent, Thursday, December 27, 1900

A brilliant summer sun, clear air and conditions of the most favourable character are being experienced at Matlock. The Hydro's were never more crowded than they were this year. Smedley's have 320; Rockside 140; Matlock House 100 ; Oldham House 110 and so on. The festivities are very popular, and balls are being held each night at all the best of the hydros. At Smedley's the annual Christmas banquet was a record, 330 sitting down to dinner. The postprandial proceedings called forth from the manager (Mr. H. Challand) the statement that during the past year the accommodation had been totally inadequate for the demand, and the directors are building a new block of bedrooms, the daily average being 207 visitors ; the highest number in the past 50 years. The holiday yesterday was generally observed in Matlock, and the outdoor attractions well patronised. The Matlock House Ball on Christmas Eve was the most successful ever held there. Last night the annual Smedley's and Rockside balls were held, and crowds of dancers were present at both events.


Derbyshire Courier, 28 September 1901

The monthly meeting of the Matlock School Board was held on Thursday afternoon in the town hall. Present - Mr. Challand (chairman), Dr. Moxon, J.P., Messrs. Slack, Potter, Wildgoose : also Mr. Sladen (clerk), and Mr. Dean (attendance officer). - the attendance officer presented his report of bad and irregular attenders. - A lengthy discussion ensued upon this document. - The Chairman observed that ever since the School Board had been formed, the attendance was three or four per cent less than other schools. This had always been an unsatisfactory state of things. - The Attendance Officer said this was partly to be accounted for by the distance some children were obliged to come. For instance, they often missed from Riber and Matlock Moor if the weather was wet. Then, again, there was a good deal of sickness about amongst children at the present time. He should be thankful if the attendance was better, for he should then not have half the work to do as he had now. - The worst case the board had to deal with, it was said, was with a family named Bagshaw, on the Chesterfield Road. There were three children, and the mother had no control over them. They played truant from school, and had a bad effect on other children. - The Clerk was instructed to take the usual steps towards getting the eldest of these children into an industrial school. - On the motion of Dr. Moxon, seconded by Mr. Smith, a school committee was appointed to draw up a set of rules respecting irregular attendances, and to have various forms printed for the officer to have with him when he found the necessity of leaving those with the parents. - Notices were also ordered to be printed.

Schools in Earlier Times


The Derbyshire Times, Saturday 11 April 1903

The final meeting of the Matlock District Council for the financial year was held at the Town Hall on Monday afternoon. ...

Mr. C. E. Parlato asked the Council's permission to hold alfresco concerts on the Pic Tor Promenade near the iron bridge, but the Chairman said the conditions with the High Tor Committee were that nothing of the sort should be allowed there.
The application, therefore, could not be entertained.

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 1 August 1903

One of the most important sales of freehold property held recently in the Matlock district took place on Wednesday last at the Crown Hotel. The property was put up by the order of the trustees of the late Job Knowles and consisted of a stone-built dwelling with butcher's shop attached known "Yew Tree House," Bank Road Matlock, with gardens, etc., containing in all 2a. 2r. 4p. and 1a 2r. 4p. of building land abutting on New Street, Matlock Bank, now in the occupation Mr James Wheeldon. Yew Tree House was sold to Mr Job Smith for £1600, on behalf of Smedley's Hydro Company whose property adjoins it on one side. The second lot was finally sold to Mr. Henry Ball of Nottingham for £635.

Matlock: Bank Road (4), 1901-1905


Derbyshire Courier, 31 December 1904

Boxing Day was given up entirely to seasonable festivities at Matlock. The day was fortunately fine and frosty, and one enterprising firm did good trade in skates at Matlock Bridge, in anticipation of skating within few hours. The crowd at visitors the Matlocks had a most enjoyable day, and driving, golfing, motoring, &c. were the chief outdoor recreations, while indoors there were many festivities arranged. The two Matlock football matches drew holiday gates at the Bridge both morning and afternoon. The evening's programme was, as usual, on a lavish scale. The big Christmas banquets had to be postponed from Christmas Day to Boxing Day owing to Christmas falling on a Sunday, and as a consequence Tuesday night will see the big balls of the Christmas season. However, the banquets at the most fashionable resorts were followed by Cinderella dances, there being no fewer than seven at the largest resorts on the Bank, while Matlock Bath had a grand Christmas ball.


Derby Daily Telegraph, 26 November 1909

Having failed to hold South Derbyshire with such a doughty representative of Beer as Mr. John Gretton, it is rather amusing to find the Tories of that constituency bent on an endeavour to regain the lost citadel with a representative of the Water cure - a descendant of the famous Smedley, who may be said to have established Hydropathy in Derbyshire. Their latest candidate, Mr. John Bertram Marsden-Smedley, was born in 1868, and is eldest son of Mr. J. T. Marsden-Smedley, of Riber Castle, Matlock, and Stroud, Glos. He was educated privately, afterwards at Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1889 he married Gertrude, eldest daughter of Judge Harris Lea, Hereford. He is chairman of John Smedley Ltd., of Lea Mills, and takes an active interest in the management of the company. He is interested in agriculture, and farms a portion of his own estate ; he has for many years been the President of the Matlock and District Ploughing Association. He takes a prominent part in local government of the county, and is chairman of the Small Holdings Committee of the County Council. In 1893 he was created a Justice of the Peace for Derbyshire.


High Peak News, 27th July, 1912

Above are photographs [not included here] of Private Harry Douglas, and Private G. W. Knowles, both of Matlock, who had the honour of being in the first 100 in the King's Prize shoot at Bisley last Saturday.

Private Harry Douglas, 6th Notts and Derbys Regiment, of Matlock, achieved the great distinction at Bisley of being fifteenth in the first hundred in the Second Stage for the King's Prize. Mr. Douglas scored 181 points, made up as follows:-95 in the First Stage, 46 at 300 yards, and 48 at 600 yards, as against the top man's score of 196. This is the highest position ever held by a Matlock rifleman. Mr. Douglas is the son of the late Mr. Alfred Douglas, formerly the manager of Smedley's Hydro, and he is one of the clerical staff there. Mr. Douglas is the hon. organist of the Congregational Church at Matlock, and a musical composer. In rifle shooting he is known far and wide as one of the few riflemen who "has no nerves".

Church Organ Recitals given by Harry Douglas, 1906-36


The Derbyshire Times, July 16th 1913

Mr. W. F. Hawley of Matlock met with a nasty accident on Monday whilst cycling with his brother Mr A Hawley, to work at Sheffield. Near Stanedge his machine skidded, and the fall rendered him unconscious. He was taken to Chesterfield Hospital and afterwards removed home. Fortunately his injuries were not of a serious character.

The Derbyshire Times, July 19th 1913

BUNTING-NEVILL. On July 17th, at All Saints', Matlock, by the Rev. J. W. Kewley, George Bunting of Thornleigh, Matlock, to Margaret Florence, widow of the late Percy Nevill, M. E., of Walsall Woods, Staffs.

The Derbyshire Times, Saturday July 26th 1913

NIXON-ROUSE. At Matlock Parish Church, Charles P. Nixon of Chesterfield married Miss Annie Rouse, step-daughter of Mr. Fern, Spring Villa


High Peak News, February 14th, 1914

The following have successfully passed the Trinity College of Music examinations, all of whom were prepared by Mr. W. W. Windle, Belper and Matlock:-
Intermediate Division: Harold White. Junior Division : Mildred Greatorex, Matlock; Frances Fletcher, May Jackson. Preparatory Division : Dorothy Shallcross, Lewis Bakewell, Walter Glossop, and Olive Mountney, Whatstandwell.

High Peak News, 30th May, 1914

The following qualified on Saturday to take part in the match play stages of the above competition with the following net scores:-

H. Marsden ........74
E. H. Bailey ...... 80
A.D. Charles ..... 82
A. A. Swann ..... 84
Geo. Bailey ...... 85
H. E. Brace ...... 90
F. C. Lymn ...... 94
A. E. Wells ...... 96

The weather was wet and the strong wind was against low scoring.

Details of the Empire Day Parade, 1914 of the National Reserve (Matlock Branch), as reported in the HPN on the same day, is elsewhere on this site.


Derbyshire Courier, 1 March 1919

It is estimated that up to the present week between 150 and 200 Matlock soldiers have been demobilised.

Derby Daily Telegraph, 23 July 1919

Amongst the decorations just conferred by the French President for distinguished services during the war are the following:-
... Staff-sergt. major John Herbert Gillott, Derbyshire Yeomanry (Matlock Bath); Sergeant John Wesley Outram, Derbyshire Regt., T.F. (Matlock); Pte. Frederick Thomas Thorley, M.M.,
... Medaille d'Honneur avec Glaives en Bronze:- ... Sergt. Tom Taylor, R.E. (Matlock Bath).
[Repeated on the Matlock Bath page]

See The War Memorials for those who did not return.

Derbyshire Courier, 16 August 1919

Owing the increased cost only 150 street lamps out of a total of 220 are to be lighted in Matlock next winter.
Four tons of hay harvested by Matlock Urban Council has been insured by that authority for £60. ...
The "London Gazette" announces that the partnership between John Joseph Bradshaw and Frederick Samuel James Broome, trading as the Matlock Glove Co., Matlock, is dissolved. ...
Matlock Urban Council have appointed a sub-committee to inspect the buildings at the Tramway Depot to ascertain if they are suitable for a transfer of the Fire Station from the Town Hall.

Derbyshire Courier, 13 September 1919

In addition to the machine gun presented to Matlock by the War Office, a 70m.m. field gun with its undercarriage has now been received by the Urban Council. The trophy was captured from the Germans by British troops, but whether it was won by local troops has not yet been ascertained. It is suggested that the gun shall be installed in the park, but the members of the Council have not yet decided on the point.

Derbyshire Courier, 13 September 1919

The average age of five people of Matlock who have been interred at the Matlock Churchyard this week is 75 years.

Derbyshire Courier, 8 November 1919

Mr. Tom Wall, son of Mr. J. T. Wall, undertaker, of Smedley Street, Matlock, arrived home on Tuesday from Malta, on demobilisation. Mr. Wall travelled overland from Marseilles.

High Peak News, Saturday, November 15th, 1919

(part of report on a Council meeting)
The Street Lighting Committee in its report announced that there are 94 lamps being lighted. By fixing 24 more controllers for £48 would save a lamplighter's wages on over £18 for the season. It was decided to buy the controllers.

An application was received, and it was decided to add two lights near Cromford station, and altogether 12 additional lamps in the area of the Council.

The Fire Brigade captain suggested eight storage water tanks as a reserve, and it was agreed to construct two, one in Starkholmes and the other in Cavendish Road. To cover estimates £150 was recommended to be included in the rate estimate.


The Derbyshire Times, 24 July 1920

Representatives of the different banks in Matlock attended a meeting of the Matlock Housing Committee on Wednesday and discussed ways and means of floating a housing bond scheme the town.


High Peak News, Saturday, 7 May, 1921

Last Sunday the local milk sellers dropped the price of milk from 10d. per. quart to 7d., but it is felt generally that the price should not be more than 6d. per. quart.

Buxton and Belper have fixed the price at 6d, and naturally everyone wants to know why it should be more at Matlock!

Commenting on the reduction in price of milk at Buxton, the "Buxton Advertiser", in Saturday's issue, asked a very pertinent question: "Why has it been possible for such a substantial reduction to be made at the present time, if it was not economically possible to sell at less than 10d. per quart during the last month or two? The conditions have not altered to such a very marked extent within the last week or two to allow a 40 per cent 'cut'. The inference is that the retailers had a very considerable margin of profit ..."
In Carnarvonshire milk is 3d. per. quart.

Last Thursday evening there was a large attendance at the Town Hall for a whist drive and dance in aid of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church. The M.C. for the dance was Mr. Rhodes, and for the whist Messrs. T. C. Kirkham and C. Eldridge.

The prize-winners were :- Ladies: 1 Mrs. J. Spencer 2 Mrs. L. Allen 3 Miss Frost hidden number Miss Hornby. Gentlemen : 1 Mr. C. F. Booth 2 Mr Paget 3 Mr. D. Land hidden number Mr. Blood.

In the cake-guessing competition there was a tie between Mr. J. E. Walters and Mr. Geo. Harrison.

Derbyshire Courier, 21 May 1921

Hurst Farm, Matlock Moor, with 66 acres of land and three stone cottages, was sold by public auction at the Crown Hotel, Matlock, on Thursday week, to Mr. William Jaffray for a client. The tenant of the farm is Mrs. Goodwin, at a rental of £110 a year.

High Peak News, Saturday, 13 Aug, 1921

The death occurred on Saturday of Mr. Richard Travis, at Buxton Terrace, aged 25, who until his fatal illness was night watchman at a hydro. He had served gallantly in the war, and his loss is keenly regretted by many friends.

High Peak News, Saturday, 13 Aug, 1921
(Matlock Section)

The Housing Scheme Held Up
Scale of Wages Reduction
Mr. E. Drabble, J.P. presided at the monthly meeting of the Urban District Council held at the Town Hall on Monday evening, and the members attending were; Messrs. F. D. Baxter (vice-chairman), J.Shaw, J. B. Richards, H. Ludlam, C. F. White, junr., H. Wragg, J. Spendlove, A. Wrigley, D. M. Wildgoose, F. G. Wildgoose, C.C. and Dr. Morton; also the clerk, Mr. R. Taylor; the surveyor, Mr. J. Turner; the inspector, Mr. J. D. Evans; the tramway cashier, Mr. A. Worthy; and the sewerage scheme overseer, Mr. W. G. Smith.
[The report was fairly long, so the only the above names are recorded here]


Derby Daily Telegraph, 24 March 1922

After an illness extending over several months, the death took place on Wednesday of Mr. Job Travis, of Buxton Terrace, Matlock. Deceased, who was 62 years of age, was well-known local cricketer, playing for Matlock and Belper.

Lists Through the Centuries: The Nineteenth Century: Matlock Cricket Club, 1857 - 1900


Derby Daily Telegraph, 11 November 1924

A crowd estimated at nearly 3,000 people took part in Remembrance Day celebrations at Matlock on Sunday. In the afternoon a procession consisting of ex-Service men, members of the Matlocks Urban District Council, Friendly Societies, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides was formed in Crown Square, and marched to the War Memorial, where a short service was conducted by the Rev. E. V. Blackburn. A wreath was laid by Captain Potter, D.S.O., and many private tributes were placed around the memorial.
The procession was then re-formed and marched to the Cinema, where a mass meeting in support of the League of Nations Union was held, the spacious building being crowded. Mr. E. H. Bailey presided, and addresses in support of the League of Nations were delivered by the Marquis of Hartington, M.P., Mr. W. C. Mallinson, Mr. J. W. Tatler (county secretary), and Mr. Ernest Drabble (county treasurer). Musical items were rendered by the cinema house instrumental quartette. Mr. Stanley Moreton and Miss Clarice Wildgoose. The meeting was organised by W. E. Williams, the local secretary.

The War Memorials has several contemporary pictures of Matlock's Memorial.


Derby Daily Telegraph, 13 May 1926

In addition to the 22 houses they are already constructing at Matlock, the Matlocks Urban District Council decided to apply to the Ministry of Health for permission build 20 more houses Matlock, eight at Matlock Bath, and eight at Tansley. Owing to the fact that only one application was received, Cromford is not included in the scheme.


The Derbyshire Times, 13 October 1928

The funeral took place at the Matlock Churchyard of Mrs. Ellen Bramah, Cavendish Road, Matlock. The deceased, who was 70 years of age, passed away about midnight on Monday, at the residence of Miss Challand. She was the widow of Henry Bramah, and until recently lived at Imperial Road, Matlock. She leaves three sons by her first husband, who was Mr. Alfred Douglas, for many years manager of Smedley's Hydro, Matlock. Her three sons are Captain Harry Douglas, the present manager of Smedley's Hydro ; Mr. William Douglas, who is with the Crown Agents at Workington ; and Mr. Arthur Douglas, electrical engineer, of Hanley. The last rites were conducted by the Rev. W. H. Nixon (Vicar of All Saints'), and the principal mourners were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Douglas, Mr. and Mrs. William Douglas, and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Douglas.


The Derbyshire Times, 19 August 1933

Mr. R. B. Cobb, of Matlock, the maker of the world's smallest engines, two of which, both working models, are smaller than ordinary house fly, and one smaller than the head of a match, has had the honour of being asked to exhibit one of his engines at the World's Fair at present being held in Chicago. One of his engines is now there, and will later be exhibited in New York.