During the evening of 26 March 1891 an elderly lady, Mrs. Martha Morrall,
was shot through the kitchen window of her home on Bent Lane (now
Cavendish Road). Mrs. Morrall and her husband were Quakers. Although
they were prosperous, they did not have any servants living with
them at the time of the murder. This shocking event was widely
reported and, indeed, the press seem to have had a field day. They
gained access to the scene of the crime because the inquest was
held in the family's home -it would not happen
today. The police sergeant investigating the case died not long
afterwards and the crime remained unsolved in Mr. Morrall's lifetime.
|Reports and inquest
The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 1 April,
SHOCKING TRAGEDY AT MATLOCK
A QUAKER LADY MURDERED.
A mysterious and shocking tragedy occurred at Matlock on Thursday
evening, an old lady named Mrs. Morrall being shot dead in
her chair under circumstances of a most peculiar nature.
About 30 years ago. Mr. Michael Thomas Morrell, of the firm
of Abel Morrell and Co., sewing needle manufacturers, Redditch,
retired from business and came to Matlock to end his days.
Mr. Morrall purchased a
Cottage situated near Bent-lane, at the top of Matlock Bank,
overlooking the valley of the river Derwent, in the direction
of Matlock Bath. The building was modernised and transformed
into a mansion of considerable pretensions. This he named Balmoral
House, and the grounds adjoining the main thoroughfare were
commodious, the house standing entirely alone, although within
a hundred feet of other residences. Mr. Morrell and his wife
continued to live quietly in their abode until the tragedy
on Thursday night, and there being no children by the marriage,
the house was only occupied by themselves, the day work being
performed by charwomen. About ten o'clock, Mr. Morrell says,
he retired to his bedroom, leaving his wife sitting in the
armchair in the kitchen. Shortly afterwards he alleges that
he heard gun shots, and calling downstairs, he obtained no
reply. He accordingly proceeded below, and found his wife dead,
with a large wound in the side of the head. Mr. Morrell ran
to the Rockside Hydropathic Establishment and gave an alarm.
Mr. W. Atkins, the proprietor, in an interview on Friday,
said :- About half past ten o'clock last night Mr. Morrell
came and rang the carriage door bell at the upper end of the
Hydro. Joseph, the boots, answered, to whom Mr. Morrell said
that an explosion had taken place, his wife was dead, and he
wanted me to send someone up to Balmoral House. He then left
the establishment, and went off in the other direction to make
a further alarm. Mr. Morrell was dressed as usual in a pepper
and salt suit, and he was wearing a billycock [transcriber's
note: a bowler hat]. During his absence I was informed
by my servant of the occurrence, and I immediately gave instructions
to my employees to go and render assistance. Three young men
named Joseph Rowlett, Henry Bradshawe, and James Green accordingly
went to the house, a distance of about 100 yards, but did not
enter until Mr. Morrell returned. They then walked through
the side entrance, which leads to the kitchen, and there discovered
Mrs. Morrell dead, and sitting in an armchair. From what they
saw there was no sign of a lamp explosion, or anything else
of that nature, as they supposed that was the cause of the
calamity from Mr. Morrell's remarks, but there was what appeared
unmistakably to be a gunshot wound in the side of the face.
The doors leading into the house, viz,. The side entrance and
the one in the front porch were both open, but inside there
were no signs of a disturbance or struggle of any kind. I went
up to Balmoral House myself at about a quarter to eleven, and
went in with Mr. Jesse Davis, of the Poplar Cottage Hydropathic
Establishment, and Mr. Statham, a baker, living in Rutland-street.
The police followed behind us, and they took possession of
the house. Questioned as to the condition of Mr. Morrell, Mr.
Atkins said: He appeared to be rational, and actually called
my attention to the broken glass in the kitchen window and
an overturned flower pot, which he said he had not noticed
before. Mr. Morrell further said he heard a shot in his bedroom,
and he also heard others, but that could not be, as there was
apparently only one shot fired. I had known Mr. Morrell personally
for nearly 15 years.
After the neighbours had been warned of the tragedy a messenger
went for the police, and Police Constable Wilson was met at
Matlock Bank on his usual rounds. He at once proceeded to the
house, and Sergeant Ramshall and Police Constable Harrison
followed close behind. This was just before eleven o'clock,
and deeming it advisable Mr. Morrell was placed practically
under restraint, and in charge of a constable in the bedroom.
Superintendent Lyle, of Wirksworth, was sent for by special
messenger, and he visited the house during the night. A search
was instituted, but owing to the heavy downfall of snow nothing
could be traced either of the footprints of the murderer or
of the firearm used for the deed. Mrs. Lister, of Wellington-street,
wife of a railway porter in the employ of the Midland Railway
Company, was sent for, and in an interview she stated that
she usually did the house work, and only left Balmoral at eight
o'clock on Thursday night, when everything appeared all right.
On Friday morning Mr. James Potter, the magistrates' clerk,
with his assistant, Mr. Gill, had an interview with Mr. Morrell.
The Chief Constable (Captain Parry) arrived during the day
and at eleven o'clock two of Mr. Morrell's nieces cane from
Manchester, one named Miss Davis, to spend the day with the
Morrell's, upon the special invitation of their uncle. They
were horrified to learn the facts of the case and decided to
stay to render any assistance they could. Dr Wm. Moxon, of
Matlock, also called in, and his opinion is that death must
have been instantaneous. The deceased lady was 74 years of
age, and Mr. Morrell is about 70. They had no children but
relatives live in various parts of the country. Mr. Morrell
does not appear at all agitated, and is cool and willing to
converse upon a variety of topics. He is over six feet in height
and has the appearance of a benevolent old gentleman, with
a Quaker's eccentricity for dress. Although the evidence discloses
no direct charge against him, still he has always been eccentric
in his habits, and until the inquest he will be retained in
charge of the police. It is believed that the weapon will soon
be discovered, and this will lead to a more direct clue. It
is also state that latterly the deceased lady had received
a number of letters of the Jack the Ripper stamp threatening
her life, and she is stated to have been troubled in mind in
consequence. These communications will doubtless be recovered
if not already destroyed, and the origin probably disclose
the identity of the murderer. Mr. Morrell and the deceased
were members of the local Society of Friends.
FURTHER DETAILS OF THE CRIME.
Balmoral House, the scene of the horrible tragedy, is situated
in one of the wildest spots in Derbyshire, and the house and
grounds have an air of desolation and loneliness about them
which is extremely gruesome When our representative visited
the place on Saturday, after a climb of about a mile up the
hillside, the bleak winds whistled amongst the trees in the
neglected garden, and moaned like a living creature around
the place, which might very appropriately have been called "Bleak
House." In front of the house is a sloping lawn, bounded
by stone wall about four feet high. On the other side of this
wall runs the lane, and a farmstead is located about a hundred
yards away. Balmoral House bears the date 1858, and its present
owner, together with his wife, have occupied it for the last
thirty years. It was originally a shoemaker's cottage, but
Mr. Morrell purchased it and erected the present structure
as a kind of case to the old one, the former house at the present
moment existing within the ancient looking stone walls which
confronts the visitor. Inside, the house is very old-fashioned,
and all the rooms are dark and low, with thick crossbeams and
open fireplaces. The kitchen in which the crime was committed
is about nine feet square, with a small lattice window looking
out on the lawn and across the valley to the snowclad hills
beyond. It is furnished in a country style, with an old dresser
on the side facing the fire, a little table under the window,
and the chair in which the murdered woman sat occupied a position
to the left of the fire.
It is a low ordinary rocking chair with cushions, and Mrs.
Morrell was sitting in it before the fire with the right side
of her face about four feet from the window. Whoever fired
the fatal shot must have stood on the stone walk running directly
underneath the window, for no footprints were observed on the
narrow flower-bed between the walk and the wall. The gun was
evidently loaded with small No. 6 or No. 8 sparrow shot, and
the fact that only one of the small diamond-shaped panes were
seriously broken points to the fact that the murderer got close
to his work. The wound also shows that the shot was concentrated
and had not spread much, as such fine shot would have a tendency
to do, if the person who fired the gun stood very far away.
This morning the body was placed on a table in the next room,
and presented a most sickening sight. One eye and the tongue
were completely blown away, and a large wound, about two inches
in diameter, ran right through the cheek into the head.
No gun has yet been found, and the place is in charge
of a number of police officers, one being placed at the large
iron gate leading to the road. Despite the utter neglect
which is everywhere observed, Mr. Morrell seems to be a man
who has his fancies, for at one end of the house is a well
stocked dovecote and a small greenhouse. There is a house
about forty yards away in at direct line with Balmoral House,
but at present it is untenanted. The inside of the house
seems to be clean and tidy, and there is everywhere a preponderance
of little curiosities and pictures, such as a photograph
of friends, &c. We understand that Mr. Morrell is a total
abstainer, and he does not seem to have quarrelled with his
wife. He is, however, of somewhat eccentric habits, and some
time back got the idea into his head that there was going
to be a great flood. Accordingly he selected one of the highest
points in the neighbourhood for his home, and with his wife
led a somewhat secluded life. Seven years ago he Was taken
to an asylum, but it seems that his mind was not so seriously
affected as to necessitate his detention, and he was allowed
to remain in the care at his wife. Mrs. Morrell was of comely
appearance, small in stature, with features to correspond.
She had, together with her husband, the appearance of being
connected with the Society of Friends. Mr. Morrell is a man
of not of unpleasing appearance - judging from an apparently
good likeness hanging over the mantelpiece in one of the
rooms - with beard and moustachios, and a very shrewd intelligent
face. To-day we was confined to his bedroom, practically
under arrest, and he is very indignant at his detention.
The nieces of the deceased lady, who have arrived at the
house, are, as may be imagined., very much grief stricken
at the horrible death of their aunt, whom they regarded with
the utmost affection, and cannot bring themselves to remain
in the house, but mix with the little knot of people who
stand near the door and in the grounds regarding the house
with feelings of horror. The fact of there being no footprints
is easily accounted for. The lawn is composed of grass of
a thick, stubborn nature, more like a meadow, and the perpetrator
of the crime has taken the greatest care to keep from treading
on the soft soil of the flower-bed under the window. In all
probability he would place one foot on the edge of the blue
tiles bordering the gravel walk, and without resting his
gun on anything, shoot right through the lower part of the
window. If he had first broken the glass the attention of
the deceased would have been attracted, and only a good marksman
could have inflicted the fatal wound. Some stray shots were
discovered by Sergeant Ramshall in a door on the contrary
side of the kitchen to the window, and a few small pieces
of flesh were also found. The details which have at present
come to light do not in the slightest degree incriminate
Mr. Morrell, but they do point to the conclusion that the
murder was a most cold-blooded one. The murderer had evidently
planned his mode of attack with great care, and exercised
the greatest caution not to leave any trace behind which might
lead to a clue. At present the whole affair is enshrouded in
mystery, and nothing has escaped the only man suspected which
is likely to confirm that suspicion in the slightest degree.
The affair has caused quite a sensation in Matlock and is the
main subject of conversation all over the district. At eleven
o'clock on Saturday morning
was opened by Mr. Sidney Taylor, the coroner of the district
in the room adjoining the one in which Mrs. Morrell was murdered.
Superintendent Lytle and Mr. James Potter (magistrates' clerk)
were present. The following gentlemen were sworn upon the
jury :-Messrs. Lawrence Wildgoose (foreman), Arthur Farnsworth,
Luke Bridge, James Turner, John Tom Wall, Joseph Boden, Joseph
Raines, William Statham, Thomas Bagshaw, George Wragge, William
Hancock, and Charles Yates.
The Coroner, having sworn the jury said - You will not be
kept here very long today, gentlemen. I intend simply to
take evidence of identification, and then to adjourn the
inquiry for a week. It seems that the family solicitor has
been sent for, and I think it would be very undesirable to
do anything until he is here. Apart from that it will give
time for the police to make further inquiries into the case;
because it is a case which should be fully inquired into.
From the particulars, it seems that the deceased was the
wife of Michael Thomas Morrell, and 78 years of age. - Supt.
Lytle: Seventy-seven, sir.- The Coroner: There seems no doubt
but that she met with her death from the effects of gun shot,
but there is a great deal of mystery and doubt as to how
this came about. As the case stands at present, we are not
in a position to go on with it, so that this morning you
will simply view the body and take evidence of identification-.
The jury then viewed the corpse and were shown the window
with its, broken pane, the rocking chair in the position
it was found with the deceased &c.. They then
Mrs. Elizabeth Lister was called. She said - I am the wife
of James Lister, a railway porter at Manchester, but I live
at Matlock Bank. I saw the body the Jury have just viewed yesterday,
but not this morning. It is that of Mrs. Morrell.
The Coroner: can you give me her full name? Martha. - The
Coroner: And her husband? Michael Thomas Morrell. - The Coroner:
They live in this house? Yes, sir. - The Coroner: Thank you.
This is all the evidence I shall take now, and I shall adjourn
the inquest until Monday next week, as it is the most convenient
A Juror - There are one or two here who are engaged that day.
The Coroner. I should like to meet the convenience of all as
far as possible. If any gentleman has any great objection,
I will adjourn it to some other day.
Superintendent Lytle - I don't think anyone will object.
The Coroner - Very well then, I will adjourn the case until
Monday week, the 6th of April, at the same place.
The jury then dispersed, and at the close of the inquest a
number of persons collected in front of the house, and the
possibilities of a planned approach from the road were discussed.
The Chief Constable of the County (Captain Perry) also arrived
during the morning, and a minute inspection of the grounds
was made by the police, but no traces were found of anything
likely to lead to the discovery of the murderer.
Various theories are suggested as to the commission of the
crime, and it is believed that Mrs. Morrell was asleep in her
chair at the time. It is obvious that the gun was not fired
from the shoulder in a standing position, because the part
of the window through which the charge passed is too low. Either
the assassin must have been in a kneeling position or have
held the gun low down and shot without taking sight. Another
thing which is most remarkable is that no motive can be assigned
for the crime, although, as state d already, there was something
said about threatening letters. The police will make the strictest
inquiries before the adjourned inquest, when any fresh facts
will, of course, be brought to light. At present they offer
no theory themselves, and are very reticent.
Up to Tuesday morning the mysterious tragedy was still enshrouded
in mystery, and nothing had come to light to connect anybody
with the murder of the unfortunate lady, unless we except an
empty cartridge which was found near the house on Saturday.
It appears that the deceased lady was reading an evening paper
at the time she was shot, and the white window blind was drawn
to within a few inches of the bottom. The ram was lighted by
only one wax candle. The deceased's sight, was, owing to her
advanced age, defective, and she was in the habit of wearing
spectacles to assist her sight, especially when reading. She
put them on on the fatal night, and the framework was smashed
by the shot, and the glasses were blown across the ram and
found beneath a dresser. One of the glasses was shot clean
through, the remainder of the glass being cracked. After the
shot was fired the victim, who died instantaneously, sank over
in her chair to the left side, but did not hit to the ground.
The wound bled profusely, blood flowing on the left arm of
the chair, and from thence to the ground, where it formed quite
a pal, and the newspaper was saturated with it.
Mrs. Smith, a Matlock Bank woman, and a trained nurse, has
made a statement which may have an important bearing upon the
case. She was on Thursday night engaged in attending to a patient
in her charge in a bedroom which faces Balmoral House, and
it is probably about 100 yards away. She distinctly asserts
that at 9.30 punctually - and she gives reasons for knowing
the time - she clearly heard the noise of a gun being fired,
and states most positively, without the slightest hesitation,
that the noise came from the direction of Balmoral House. This
is an important feature in the tragedy, from the fact that
it was not until an hour after that time that, according to
him, Mr. Morrall heard the noise that took him downstairs.
Early on Saturday morning Mr. Gill, assistant to the magistrates'
clerk, Mr. James Potter, found an empty cartridge, No. 12 Blue
Eley, which would contain in the ordinary loading 9½ drams
of powder and 1¼ or 1½ ounces of shot, but the
load might be increased. The shot found in the body are No.
6 or 8. This cartridge was found in the grounds of a house
opposite Balmoral House, owned by Mr. Potter, which has been
empty for some time. The grounds adjoin the road. A thorough
search has been made for a firearm, but without success. No
one has ever been aware that there was a gun in the house,
and it is urged that with the Quaker principles be held Mr.
Morrall would be unlikely to have a gun about the house. He
has had a "den" of
his own into which no one was suffered to enter, but since
the terrible affair this has been invaded and searched, but
without anything being brought to light that, would aid in
clearing up matters. The neighbours say that Mr. Morrall would
be the last man in the world they would ever think of having
such a thing as a firearm in his possession, and one of them
says he would not take one in his hand unless it was under
the delusion that he was commissioned by heaven to do so. Questioned
further, Mrs. Lister says that on Thursday night she left the
house at 8.30, or only one hour before Nurse Smith is positive
she heard a shot fired. Half-an-hour prior to her departure,
she says, Mr. Morrall went out to purchase, as he said himself,
an evening paper. He returned in a very short time with the
paper, and his wife remarked how quick he had been. He accounted
four the fact of sis being such a short while away by saying
that hit had met the girl who delivers the papers at the top
of the Rockside steps. There is a discrepancy here as to the
time Mrs. Lister left the house. She asserts that it was 8.30,
while Mr. Morrall will have it that she went away at 5.30 -
three hours earlier. After giving the alarm at Rockside Mr.
Morrall did not immediately return to the house, but went forward
to Prospect place, another hydro, and gave Mr. Davis notice
of the affair. Three young men who had reached the house did
not care to go in themselves, and awaited his return. When
walking up the gravel path they found the side entrance dar
open, and the young men made as if they were going in there,
but Mr. Morrall, for some reason known to himself, told them
to go round to the front of the house, and instead of going
direct to the kitchen they traversed the front part of the
house. The men did not notice anything peculiar in the parlour,
and passed through into the kitchen. Within a quarter of an
hour afterwards, when Mr. Atkins arrived, he noticed upon the
parlour table a poker lying. On the wall there is a bookcase,
with square glass frames, and one of these glasses was smashed,
apparently with a heavy blow, and on the table was a box of
dominoes, which had been removed from the bookcase and placed
there. Mr. Morrall seemed astonished at the sight of these
things; the broken glass, the poker, and the dominoes. It is
thought the miscreant, whoever he is, put the poker and the
dominoes on the table after smashing the glass door, to give
the police the impression that burglary and murder had been
the intention of the culprit. So far as we can ascertain, however,
there is nothing to bear out such a theory as that of burglary;
nothing has been taken from the
house that our reporter could learn, and neither the front
nor any other door had been forced. Mr. Morrall is supposed
to have retired to rest, leaving his wife sitting up reading,
which it is said was nothing unusual for him to do.
There is little doubt but that the "Jack the Ripper" letters
to which allusion has been made were not sent to Mr. Morrall's
house, the true state of things seems to have been that Mrs.
Lister, the charwoman, did receive some time ago one or two
letters of a threatening nature. These she had taken to Mr.
Morrall, and in this way the rumour had gained currency. Mrs.
Lister's daughter remembered one letter of such a description
arriving over a year ago, but further than that her memory
would not carry her. This is further borne out by the statement
of a servant in Smedley's Memorial Hospital, who was in service
near Balmoral House at the time, and remembered that the letter
which came to Mr. Morrall's was to frighten the servant.
Dr. Moxon, who lives on Matlock Bank, stated that he had not
attended Mrs. Morrall for over a year, and had not seen her
during that time until he saw her lifeless body on thursday
night. Mr. Morrall had been treated by him, but not for any
special ailment beyond what would be due to the advance of
years. He had not attended him at the house, but in his surgery,
where Mr. Morrall had called from time to time for medicine.
He had not on these occasions noticed any especial depression
of spirits or peculiarities of character to his patient,
nor was he able to give any idea of what his temperament
would be under circumstances of excitement. All be knew was
that on the night of the occurrence he found Mr. Morrall
quite calm and collected, not at all flurried or excited.
He could not say whether he was fully dressed, but he could
say that the bed upstairs had every appearance or having
Mr. James Potter, the magistrates' clerk at Matlock, is the
proprietor of a couple of houses, one in the adjacent ground
and the other on the opposite side of the road, and he had,
largely through that circumstance, become intimately acquainted
with the husband, "Mr. Morrall used to fancy, indeed," said
Mr. Potter, "that be looked after the property for him.
The house, had been empty some time, and if he noticed anything
amiss he would draw the attention of Mr. Potter's man to it.
He claimed the right of water from the well in the grounds
adjoining, belonging to him, and when his right was acknowledged
or acquiesced in he took particular care of the well, fixed
a lock on it, and guarded it most carefully. Mr. Morrall was
a literary man in his way, and a most intelligent and well-educated
man. He had written a pamphlet giving the family history of
the Morrall family. Ho was very proud of his descent." On
the morning of the sad occurrence he sent for Mr. Potter, and
persisted, much against the will of that gentleman, in giving
an account of the affair. Naturally, Mr. Potter, from the fact
of his official position, was not anxious to hear it ; but
the account he gave in no way differed from that he told Mr.
Atkins, of the Rockside Hydropathic Establishment, on the first
occasion that he summoned assistance.
Mr. Samuel Brown, a member of the Friends' Society, and formerly
proprietor of a Temperance Hotel at Matlock Bridge, who had
retired to live at the Wimple [sic] not far away from
Matlock Bridge. is an old and intimate friend of Mr. Morrall.
He stated that he had known Mr. Morrall for over 20 years,
in fact almost ever since he had lived at Matlock Bank. Of
his personal characteristics he knew a great deal. His eccentricity
had come so familiar to him that he had almost ceased to notice
it ; but he had observed that when Mr. Morrall was more frail
in body than usual his peculiarity of character increased,
He was inclined to think him more peculiar, particularly remembering
that he had twice been placed under confinement in a lunatic
asylum. On the first occasion it was at the Friends' Retreat,
at York, and after a not very long stay there he was brought
out against the advice of the resident medical attendant. It
soon became evident that he was not cured. In a very short
time be had a relapse, and as he could not again be admitted
into the Friends' Retreat he was taken to the County Asylum.
This was twelve or thirteen years ago. Since that time there
had been no fresh outbreak of the mania which he believed never
assumed a dangerous character. Mr. Morrall was most regular
in calling to see him, particularly since Mr. Brown had been
laid up at the Wimple with an attack of illness which had confined
him to the house for some weeks. He had always found him a
cheerful and talkative man, one who was always delighted if
he could get a good listener. Mr. Morrall was a fairly regular
attendant at the Meeting House of their society, which was
situated on the Bank, and he sometimes, though not often, took
part in the proceedings. He remembered on one or two occasions
he astonished the assembled Friends by the extraordinary character
of his speeches. He was then in an excited state of mind. At
ordinary times he was most rational and intelligent. Only on
Tuesday last week he called upon Mr. Brown as he was passing.
While they were talking he made references to the servant girl
they had last, who, he said, had suited more than any they
had had in their service, and spoke rather petulantly of the
trouble her departure had occasioned himself and his wife.
He was, said Mr. Brown , a man who was rather "faddy",
and liked a good deal of attention, and on that account he
had been spending some weeks in various parts of the neighbouring
hydropathic establishments. He had never known Mr Morrall to
handle a gun in his life, and, although he had been frequently
at the house, had never seen one in the establishment. It was
against the creed of the Society of Friends to have any dealings
with deadly weapons at all. Mr. Morrall, though not a wealthy
man, had a comfortable annuity from the firm with which he
used to be connected.
As is usual in cases of general interest, men have charged
themselves with the crime under drunken hallucinations, and
the inhabitants of the Bank district were on Monday startled
by the report that the murderer had given himself up. Inquiry,
however, only discovered a braggart declaiming that he shot
the lady, and no importance has been attached to his statements.
THE MONEY IN THE HOUSE.
The police have still charge of Mr. Morrall but it is only
at the request of the relatives that this duty is being performed,
and a matter of safety for the bereaved husband. On the night
of the tragedy there was
91l. 4s. 6d. in the bedroom of Mr. Morrall. 80l.
of which was in 10l. and 5l. notes. This has
been banked by the niece, Miss Davis, of Manchester , who has
taken control of the household. Miss Pollitt, of Bury, is also
staying at Balmoral House. The deceased had only a few shillings
in her possession at the time of the deed, and Mr. Morrall
had between 8l. and 4l.
High Peak News, Saturday April
MURDER IN MATLOCK
Michael T Morrall
And the strange
Case of his wife's
THE MATLOCK MURDER
NARROW ESCAPE OF MR MORRALL
Upon inquiry on Thursday morning our local reporter ascertained
that Mr Morrall had a narrow escape from serious injury, if
not fatal consequences, on the preceding night. It appears
that the old gentleman was in the act of retiring to his bedroom,
when his niece, Miss Morrall, and her friend Miss Pollitt,
were startled be a crashing sound. The ladies were greatly
alarmed, and fortunately a police constable was in the house
at the time. He immediately judged that Mr Morrall had fallen
down the stairs, and this surmise proved correct. Upon hastening
to the foot of the staircase, he found Mr Morrall lying in
a helpless condition on the ground floor. He was carried into
the adjoining apartment, and the usual remedies applied, and
about an hour later he was assisted to bed. The old gentleman
had a jug in his hand when he was ascending the stairs, and
by a peculiar coincidence this was not broken. At the request
of Mr Morrall, the officer stayed all night in case of anything
transpiring to require outside assistance. Mr Morrall had a
bruise on the hip, but otherwise he did not seem to have sustained
any external injuries. However, on Thursday morning the old
gentleman gave instructions for a bathman to be sent for from
Messrs Davis hydropathic establishment, and he also despatched
a messenger for his medical attendant, Dr Moxon. Mr Morrall
states that he fell head foremost down the stairs, and he cannot
say whether he was pushed or what caused it. The niece was
very much alarmed, and the officer searched the house the same
night to see if there was any intruder concealed, but failed
to discover anything. The septuagenarian says it was a miracle
he escaped serious injury.
A NERVOUS PUBLIC
Our reporter ascertained from an official source that some
of the people resident in the neighbourhood of Balmoral House
are exhibiting a nervous tendency, and after dark the doors
of the houses in several places are securely locked, because
of what is termed the "Jack the Ripper scare." We
also understand that Mr Morrall is convinced that the truth
of the tragedy will all come out, but up to the time of going
to press no clue has been discovered which will lead to the
conviction of anyone.
[There was a detailed report on pages 6 and 7 of this newspaper,
but it is not repeated here as the content is similar to the
long Derby Mercury article above]
The Times, Tuesday,
7 Apr, 1891, p.10
The resumed inquest into the cause of death of MARTHA MORRALL,
77, who was shot dead at her residence, Balmoral-house, Matlock,
on March 26, was held at Matlock Bank yesterday before Mr.
Davies of Glossop, coroner for the High Peak Division. Several
witnesses were called to show that about half past 9 on the
night named a gun was fired in the vicinity of the deceased's
residence, and, directly afterwards, Mr. Morrall went to the
hydropathic establishment near and informed the people assembled
that his wife had been killed. Several persons went to the
house, and, from appearances, it could be seen that a gun had
been fired through the kitchen window. Mrs. Morrall had been
killed as she was sitting in the chair near the fire. Her face
was fairly riddled with shots, and there were shots in the
walls and doors. Mr. Morrall was called and was examined at
great length. He repeated his previous statement that, while
in bed, he heard a noise like an explosion, and this was followed
by what sounded like two minor explosions. He went downstairs
and found his wife sitting in her chair. At first he thought
she had fainted. Then, seeing the blood, he fancied she had
committed suicide, but, failing to find anything with which
she could have committed the dead, he came to the conclusion
that she had been murdered. He favoured the idea that someone
had entered the house for the purpose of plunder and had shot
his wife through the window. After an inquiry lasting nearly
eight hours the jury returned a verdict that Mrs. Morrall had
been murdered by some person or persons unknown.
|A gun was found, but it was not the murder weapon
High Peak News, Saturday 25th April
THE MATLOCK MURDER
The mystery surrounding the circumstances attending the murder
of Mrs Morrall, the Quaker lady, at Balmoral House, Matlock
Bank, is still profound, but the interest among the general
public continues unabated. During the past week there were
several startling rumours afloat as to the discovery of certain
clues, but all those proved utterly fallacious up on investigations
by the local police. Amount the reports circulated within the
past few days the most important is that Mr Morrall had been
seen walking homewards with a gun under his arm. The informant
was one of the witnesses called at the inquest, and in cross-examination
by the police he stuck firmly to his tale, even to the minor
details of describing the stock, the trigger, and the appearance
of the barrel. But his evidence was disproved by that of a
number of others who also saw the old gentleman the same night,
and the canard was dispelled after considerable trouble had
been caused the police. A great deal of interest is shown in
Mr Morrall's peregrinations, and he may be seen daily in some
parts of the district. He evinces a keen interest in the newspaper
reports of the tragedy, and he still holds and expresses the
opinion that the truth will come out. Personally he is more
decrepit than he was before the murder, and one of his most
intimate friends assured our representative that Mr Morrall
is really very weak, although he has the appearance of a powerful
physique. Mr Morrall continues to live at Balmoral and says
he shall do so for the rest of his days. On Monday afternoon
there was a change in the household of Balmoral House, Miss
Morrall, the niece of Mr Morrall, leaving for her home at Studley,
near Redditch. A house-keeper has been engaged to take charge
at Balmoral House, Miss Morrall having been obliged to relinquish
the duties through illness. A week ago Mr Morrall made arrangements
for a lady to make her home at Matlock, but she died before
the time arrived for her to come to Derbyshire. This fact was
communicated by letter, and other arrangements had to be made.
The local police were during the day engaged in investigating
some new development.
SUPPOSED DISCOVERY OF THE WEAPON
On Thursday morning the greatest possible excitement prevailed
in the Matlock district, consequent upon the circulation of
a report that the weapon had been found with which the mysterious
murder of Mrs Morrall was committed, at Balmoral House. Up
to just a month had elapsed since the perpetration of the deed,
and although the police have been assiduously engaged in endeavouring
to solve the mystery, nothing of importance had been previously
discovered. The first intelligence of the new development in
the murder case became known about 9.30, and the facts relating
to it show that an hour earlier Arthur Whittaker and Joseph
Bagshawe, two local youths, happened to observe a gun lying
in the bottom of the river Derwent, immediately below the bridge
to the railway station and Crown Square. In the winter time
there is invariably a good force of water passing through this
arch, but in dry weather it is reduced to a mere pool.
Following up the report of the discovery our representative
proceeded to the Dimple Ale and Porter Stores, where Mrs M
Whittaker, the mother of one of the youths who found the weapon,
carries on a business in connection with the Matlock Bath Mineral
Water Works, which are also her property. Here were both Arthur
Whittaker and Joseph Bagshawe, and the former, in an interview,
stated that he was 14 years of age last September, and he lived
in the Dale. After breakfast that morning he started from home
to walk to the other shop in the Dimple, and on reaching the
bridge, which spans the Derwent, he med Bagshawe. They had
some conversation together, and he (Whittaker) leaned up against
the parapet. Then he casually glanced over into the water below,
without thinking anything. His eye caught on something unusual
lying at the bottom of the stream, and recognising it as a
gunstock, he exclaimed, 'There's a gun.' The . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . he could see the weapon distinctly.
The butt end was about on a level with the bridge, going up
stream towards Darley Dale, and the barrel was down the end
of the bridge, and turning down the bank, close to Mr T Asbury's
chemist's shop, they gained the river side. Whittaker then
discerned the gun a short distance from the bank, and there
was a fair-sized stone lying on the upper side of the barrel.
At this point the water would be from eighteen inches to two
feet in depth, and being unable to reach it he looked about
for something to act as a drag. A piece of iron was discovered,
and with this he hooked the gun and brought it to the bank.
This statement was corroborated by Joseph Bagshawe, his companion,
who is the son of Jabez Bagshawe, a cabdriver, living in Holt
Terrace, Matlock Bank. At the time of the discovery he was
engaged in taking his father's breakfast.
Further inquiries elicited that subsequent to the taking of
the gun out of the water the two youths carried it to the main
thoroughfare, and here they were observed by Mr Craven, the
assistant at Mr Asbury's branch shop, who told them they had
better take it to the police. Police-constable Harrison, one
of the guardians of the peace, resides at the Dimple, in the
New Road, and they accordingly went in this direction. Whittaker's
destination being in the same locality. Meanwhile the news
spread with great rapidity, and within a very short time the
residents were fully aware of the circumstances.
Whittaker and his companion carried the weapon into the Dimple
Stores, and here our representative saw it just before the
arrival of the police. A close inspection showed that it was
what is termed a duck fouling piece, of ancient manufacture,
and a muzzle loader. The trigger and the ramrod were both missing,
and the stock where it fitted to the metal part was broken.
Trying to pull the finger attachment to the trigger, our representative
found this almost immoveable, but possibly this was the caused
by sand interlocking the pieces inside. The gun was smeared
with sand and dirt from lying at the bottom of the river, and
naturally no smell or trace of gunpowder could be observed
in the barrel owing to the action of the water. It certainly
bore indications of its having been immersed for some time,
but still, not long enough to cause heavy rust marks. Another
fact which pointed to it not having been in water for any length
of time was that the varnish on the butt had not dissolved,
neither were there signs of any decay in the polish. As Mrs
Morrall was murdered with a heavy charge of shot the connection
between the following piece and the deed is more nearly related,
especially as it is just possible that an overcharge would
break the stock as already described. But, on the other hand,
the owner of the gun may have tried to demolish it, and had
broken on the trigger, besides damaging one of the . . . .
. . . on the side of the trigger case. A fouling piece of this
caliber would carry a larger charge than the ordinary shot
gun, and to an inexperienced hand the rebound would have been
terrific. Sergeant Ramshall, of Matlock Town, who has had charge
of the case since the enactment of the tragedy, arrived about
10.20, and he was joined by Police-constable Wilson of Matlock
Bank, and Police-constable Harrison of the Bridge. The sergeant
took possession of the weapon, and at this time Dr R B Holland,
of Matlock Dale, was present. The police also interrogated
Whittaker and Bagshawe, Mrs Whittaker having joined her son
in the meantime, and the statements were taken down in writing,
each coinciding with the remarks previously made to the press.
After full investigation, which occupied an hour, the police
left the Dimple, and a report was dispatched to Superintendent
Lytle, of Wirksworth.
Subsequent enquiries, which go to prove that the fact that
the gun had not been in the river the whole of the time since
the murder, is conclusive evidence in support of the theory
that police have always held that the miscreant is still resident
in the district. Still the weapon could have been in the Derwent
over three weeks without discovery, owing to the stream having
been above its normal level during that period, in consequence
of the rainfall. The river has also been discoloured until
this week, thus offering a good hiding-place. From its position
it seems more than probable that some person dropped the gun
over the parapet of the bridge, under cover of darkness. The
distance from this point to Balmoral House is about half-a-mile
in a direct line up the Bank road, the main thoroughfare of
the district. With the weapon in their possession of the police
may possibly discover some important clues which will assist
in elucidating the mystery, and bring to justice the murderer.
It is also felt that with the missing link, if it should prove
to have any connection with the tragedy, the chances are great
of bringing about an early solution.
The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 29
THE MATLOCK MURDER
An old fowling piece was found in the river Derwent, at Matlock
a day or so ago, which had been spoken of as the weapon with
which Mrs. Morrall was recently shot, but we hear that the
police have obtained information to the effect that the gun
was dropped into the river about Christmas last by its owner,
with whose name they are acquainted. Independent enquiries
have established the truth of this statement, so the mystery
of how Mrs. Morrall's murdered disposed of his weapon is as
far from solution as ever.
|The death of Mr. Morrall
High Peak News, 7th November
SUDDEN DEATH OF MR MORRALL
THE MYSTERY STILL UNSOLVED
Quite a shock was caused in the Matlock district on Friday
morning by the somewhat sudden death of Mr Michael Thomas Morrall,
at his residence, Balmoral House, where a horrible and mysterious
tragedy was enacted in March last. It will be remembered that
Mr and Mrs Morrall lived a very retired life at Matlock, the
husband having made a fortune in the needle trade. Both were
of advanced years and eccentric, and they were members of the
Quakers Meeting House at Matlock Bank, which they had to some
extent assisted in founding. Although Mr and Mrs Morrall lived
in a house of considerable pretensions they only had one servant
and on the eve of Good Friday, after the latter had departed
to her home in the town, Mr Morrall ran to the Rockside Hydro
and reported that is wife had been shot. This proved unfortunately
to have been the case, and a more cold-blooded deed had never
been carried out in the locality. The poor lady was found to
have been shot while reading the evening newspaper with a gun
which was fired from just outside the front window of the room
where Mrs Morrall was sitting. There was no trace as to who
the miscreant was, and notwithstanding there was considerable
attention devoted by the county police to the case nothing
was elicited, neither was the weapon ever discovered.
Since the deed there has been naturally much comment on the
mystery, and it was generally reported that Mr Morrall was
about to marry again, It was known that he was visiting a young
lady in the northern part of the county, and according to general
rumour the wedding was to have taken place shortly. On Thursday
night news of his illness was circulated in the neighbourhood,
and it transpired that he was under medical attention at Balmoral
House. However, as the old gentleman had had previous attacks,
from which he had rallied in a few days, no further notice
was taken of it. The report of his death accordingly came unexpectedly,
and was soon known all over the district. The tolling of Matlock
Parish Church bell confirmed the intelligence, and generally
there was a great deal of interest manifested in the sudden
decease of the old gentleman, who had gained a widespread notoriety.
With a view of obtaining the facts first-hand, our representative
visited Matlock Bank and ascertained the following particulars:-
Joseph Rowlatt, in the employ of Mr W Atkins, at the Rockside
Hydro, in an interview said:- 'I was the first to find Mr Morrall
after he had been seized with his fatal illness. It would be
about midday on Wednesday when I discovered Mr Morrall lying
unconscious on the footpath just outside Claremont, the residence
of Mr C Rowland. I fetched Smith from the hydro, and we carried
the old gentleman on to Balmoral, which is about 100 yards
away. We took him into the parlour where Mrs Morrall's remains
were placed, and when we left he was still insensible'.
W H Hursthouse, of Matlock Bank, bathman, was also seen by
our representative, and he stated:- 'On Thursday night I was
fetched by Mrs Lister, the charwoman at Balmoral House, and
it would be about seven o'clock. She told me they wanted me
to go and attend to Mr Morrall, as he was very ill. When I
got to Balmoral I found Mr Morrall was lying on an improvised
bed in the parlour in the front of the house, next to the kitchen
where the murder was committed. He was lying perfectly still
on his back, and he had his eyes closed. You could only tell
he was alive by his respiration. At midnight I thought he was
going, as he made a rattling sound in his throat. I remained
in the room all the night. The doctor had been there before
me, and it was on his instructions that I came. There were
in the house at the time the brother of the deceased who had
been here for about a fortnight, and the young woman who is
housekeeper. They went to bed and left me to watch by the side
of the deceased. There was no change in his condition until
about nine o'clock this morning; and then of course I could
see that he was sinking fast. He went off as 'quiet as a lamb'
at 10.20, and I was alone with him at the time. As soon as
I saw that death was drawing near I called out to Mrs Morrall's
brother and he and the housekeeper came into the room shortly
after he had taken his last breath. The deceased gave just
like one gasp, and then all was over. He never mentioned for
anything, and his eyes were closed the whole of the time I
was in the house. I had got paper and everything there in case
he did want to say anything, but he never spoke from Wednesday
until his death. I and Mr Bagshawe, the undertaker, have laid
the body out in the usual way in the parlour.'
Thomas Bagshawe stated that he was called to Balmoral about
eleven o'clock, after the death, and he and Mr Hursthouse laid
out the body ready for interment. The deceased was much attenuated,
and though of a great height of stature he had a spare frame.
The deceased measured 6ft 3in, and was over 70 years of age.
In answer to further inquiries, the two last named stated
that the police had been to Balmoral House during the illness
of Mr Morrall, and Inspector Hutchins was there Thursday night.
This officer came in about eight o'clock, and he left again
between ten and eleven o'clock. It was expected that the deceased
might give some statement which would lead to the elucidation
of the mysterious murder. The Inspector visited Mr Morrall
several times in the parlour. When the deceased fell in the
road on the first attack of paralysis he cut his right temple
slightly, and there was also a skin abrasion under the right
eye, both of which had bled. They had seen the deceased out
for his usual outdoor recreation within the week, and Bagshawe
said his wife saw him on the Wednesday morning going in the
direction of the Friends Meeting House, on the Bank, which
he attended regularly. All the blinds at the house were drawn,
and about eleven o'clock in the morning a niece of the deceased
gentleman arrived from Manchester. Dr Moxon, of Matlock Bank,
had the case in hand, but said there was no hope of recovery.
On Saturday morning arrangements were made for the interment
of the mortal remains of Mr Michael T Morrall, of Balmoral
House, at St Giles Parish Church, on Monday afternoon. It will
be remembered that Mrs Morrall, the wife of the deceased gentlemen,
who was so mysteriously murdered, was buried at this churchyard,
and the body of Mr Morrall will be placed in the same grave.
Dr Moxon, of West View, Matlock Bank, the medical attendant
of the family, has certified as to the cause of the death of
Mr Morrall, which he stated to have been primarily, apoplexy,
and secondly coma. The last time he attended the deceased was
on the day preceding his death, and the age of Mr Morrall is
recorded as 73. Since the death of Sergeant Ramshall, the case
has been in the hands of Inspector Hutchins, of Matlock Bath,
under his superior office, Superintendent Lytle, of Wirksworth.
The niece of the deceased Miss Davis of Manchester is understood
to be the beneficiate under the will of the deceased.
OF MR MORRALL
The mortal remains of Michael Thomas Morrall, who died somewhat
suddenly on Friday last, were quietly interred on Monday afternoon
in the Parish Churchyard. The funeral procession left Balmoral
House, Matlock Bank at 3.30pm, and the remains were enclosed
in a polished oak coffin, with brass furniture, and inscription.
The body was borne through the grounds by four local bearers,
including Mr W H Hursthouse, the attendant of the deceased
gentleman. A hearse was provided by Messrs. S Boden and Sons,
of Matlock, and there was a private carriage. There were about
a dozen followers, principally relatives, and among these were
the Misses Davis of Manchester, the nieces of the deceased;
Mr Morrall brother of the deceased; Mr Jeffries, of Birmingham
the family solicitor; two young men, and Miss Monk. A large
number of people had assembled in the Bent Road . . . . . .
. . . . . . . the procession. The service at the church was
conducted half an hour later, and the body was interred on
the western side of the sacred . . . . . . . . . . an ordinary
grave, excavated at the side of that containing the body of
Mrs Morrall, the wife of the deceased.
The last rites were carried out according to the Quaker belief,
which is widely different in form to that of the Church of
England. The bearers took the body straight to the graveside
from the hearse, and all the mourners stood round in sorrowful
attitudes. Silence prevailed for some time, until one of the
gentlemen read a Psalm. Then there was another period of absolute
silence, after which Miss Stevens, of Matlock Bank, dropped
on her knees and prayed. This was followed by silence and then
the mourners left the churchyard.
The death of Mr Morrall in six months after the horrible murder
of his wife removes one of the last links in this terrible
tragedy, and it is generally expected that there will be no
revelations to lead to the arrest of the murderer, but there
is still every possibility of 'murder . . . . . out' and our
readers will not be surprised to learn that the real act of
murder and the circumstances connected therewith, if revealed,
would publish to the world one of the most terrible deeds ever
recorded in the history of the world's crime. We have tenaciously
followed this matter up from the very first time of the report
of the . . . . . . . to the police, from the time when we .
. . . . . . . on . . . . . . .Friday morning, the horrifying
. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Balmoral House, and we are convinced
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .remains yet to be told to the
world the real . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ., and that
revelations may yet be made is still probable.
Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald,
Saturday 23 January 1892
MICHAEL THOMAS MORRALL, DECEASED.
Pursuant to the Statute 22nd and 23rd Vie, Cap. 35 intituled " An
Act to further amend the Law of Property and to Relieve Trustees".
Notice is hereby given that all persons having any claims against
the Estate of MICHAEL THOMAS MORRALL, late of Balmoral House,
Matlock Bank, in the County of Derby, gentleman, deceased (who
died on the Day of October, 1891, and whose Will was proved
in the Principal Registry of Her Majesty's Court of Justice
Probate Division on the 9th Day of December 1891 by George
Sykes and John Sykes, executors therein named) are hereby required
to send particulars of such claims or demands in writing to
us the undersigned Solicitors for the said executors at our
offices on or before the 18 day of February next, at the expiration
of which time the said executors will proceed to distribute
the assets of the said deceased among the parties entitled
thereto having regard to the claims and demands of which they
shall then have done notice.
Dated this 12th day of January, 1892,
Jeffrey, Parr & Hasell, Solicitors, 77 Colemore Row, Birmingham,
Solicitors for the said executors
|Twelve or so years later
Manchester Evening News, Saturday
12 September 1903
A FIFTEEN YEAR-OLD MATLOCK MURDER.
A sensation was caused at Matlock last night by the statement
that the murderer of Mrs. Morrall, of Balmoral House, Matlock,
is at last known to the authorities. Fifteen years ago [sic]
Mrs. Morrall, the wife of an independent Quaker gentleman,
was found shot through the head through the window. No clue
could be found at the time. It was ascertained last night that
the police have incriminating documents in their possession,
and the supposed murderer is said to have been identified at
Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 4 January 1904
MATLOCK MURDER MYSTERY. REPORTED CONFESSION.
Twelve years ago the aged wife Mr. Morrall, a wealthy Quaker
gentleman resident Matlock Bank, was shot through the window
where she was sitting by the fireside. No trace of the murderer
could be found at the time. A sensational report was circulated
in Matlock on Saturday morning, to the effect that a man had
died in Manchester after confessing the murder. The local
police have no knowledge of the truth of the rumour.
and Lancashire General Advertiser, 9 January 1904
[Similar to the above, but with the addition of:]
... Inquiries made by our representative elicited that the
news has been circulated by means of correspondence, and that
among Quakers it is accepted as the final solution of the tragedy.
The identity of the confessed murderer is, however, withheld,
and the police have no details to hand. This story fits in
with the police annals. These show that the police force at
the time of the tragedy made an egregious error, and while
watching suspected persons there was a stranger, who was near
the scene of the murder at the time, who made his escape from
Matlock by rail, and has never been seen since.
Derby Daily Telegraph, Saturday
9 January 1904
AN OLD MATLOCK MYSTERY. REPORTED CONFESSION IN MANCHESTER.
A Matlock correspondent writes :- Late on the night of March
26, 1891 - the eve Good Friday - an old lady named Mrs. Morrall
was shot dead at a villa residence in Matlock, Balmoral Lodge,
in very mysterious circumstances. Her husband Mr. Michael Thomas
Morrall, while asleep upstairs, was awakened "I shot Mrs
Morrall at Matlock, and it has brought me to this my deathbed.
I did it for the money". The news has been circulated
by correspondence among the relatives of the Morralls, but
the identity of the man supposed to have made the confession
is withheld, and the police have received no details.
So who were all the people named in these articles?
- Martha and/or Michael Morrall can be found in Matlocks's records.
They were living on the Bank in the
1861 census, with two of their nieces | the
1871 census | the 1881 census | the
1891 census. Michael Morrall was also listed in various trade
directories. See Whites 1862
Directory | Kelly's 1864 Directory (as
Mr. Abraham) | Kelly's 1876 Directory | Kelly's
1891 Directory. Mr. Morrall can be found in a
short newspaper report from 1863.
- The presence of the Society of Friends in Matlock is discussed
on the Churches
and Chapels page.
- Mr. William Atkins was at Rockside, close to the Morrall's home, in
the same census.
- Of the three hydro employees who went to the house Joseph Rowlett
was living on Wellington Street
in 1891, Henry (Harry) Bradshawe was
on Cavendish Street, and James Green lived
at the hydros.
- Jesse (Josiah) Davies was at
Poplar Cottage on Rutland Street.
- The baker would have been George Statham, who
lived on Wellington Street.
- The first constable on the scene was P.C.
Matthew Wilson of Smedley Street.
- The police sergeant, John Ramshall, was living on Church Street
- P.C. George Harrison lived on
- Elizabeth Lister, who worked for the Morrall's, lived
on Wellington Street. Elizabeth Ward had married James Lister
at St. Giles' on 13 Sep 1874. In both the 1881 census and the 1891
census her husband was living in Salford, with his occupation given
as first as a Railway Ticket Collector and then as a Railway Porter.
- The magistrate's clerk, James Potter, was
on the Dimple.
- Dr. Moxon's family home was on
- The jurors at the inquest were:- Lawrence Wildgoose (foreman)
(in 1891), Arthur Farnsworth
(in 1891), Luke Bridge
(in 1891), James Turner
(in 1891), John Tom Wall
(in 1891), Joseph Boden, whose
father later provided the hearse for Mr. Morrall's funeral (in
1891), Joseph Raines, William Statham (unsure which one),
Thomas Bagshaw (in 1891),
George Wragge (in 1891),
William Hancock (in 1891),
and Charles Yates (in 1891).
- Samuel Brown, who had formerly run a temperance hotel, was
living on the Dimple in 1891.
- Arthur Whittaker, one of the boys who found the gun in the
on the Dale in Matlock Bath. The other boy, Joseph Bagshawe,
lived on Holt Lane.
- Dr. Holland, who was present when the police collected the gun
from the Dimple Stores, also lived
on Matlock Dale.
- Charles Rowland, who had built Rockside, lived