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A range of notices and announcements, currently between the years 1758 and 1916 (excluding Births, Marriage and Deaths), which relate to both Matlock and Matlock Bath. Subjects include sales of property and goods and businesses opening or closing. Where possible links to other information on the site have been added.


Surnames on the page:

BEMROSE BILLINGE BLACKWELL BOFVILLE BOWN BRABAND BRIDDON BRITTLEBANK BROOKER BROWN BRYAN BUCK BUCKLEY BULKELEY CASH CLARKE CLAY CLUES CUMMING CUMMINS DAVIS DAY DEVONSHIRE (Duke of) DIXON DREWRY DYKE ELSE EVETTS FITZHERBERT FROGGAT FROGGOTT GARAWAY GLOVER GOODWIN GOSLING HACKNEY HALL HAWLEY HAYNE HIGGOTT HODGKINSON HOPKINS HOWARD JACKSON KING KNIVETON KNOWLES LAX LEACROFT LEEDHAM LEIGH LOVETT MARCHANT MARSDEN MARSH MASON MAWE MAYNARD MERRY MILNES MOORE MOUSLEY NEWBOLD NORTH NUTTALL OUTRAM PEALL PEARSON PECHELL PELLY REDISH REPWORTH ROBINSON SALMON SAMUEL SAXTON SIMPSON SKINNER SMEDLEY SMITH TAYLOR TEASDALE THOMAS TOMLINSON TWIGG VALLANCE VARLEY WALL WALTON WARD WASS WHEATLEY WHEELER WIGLEY WILD WRIGHT WOLLEY WOOD WOODWARD YOUNG

1751

The Derby Mercury, 19 April 1751

NOTICE is hereby given,
THAT Mr. STEPHEN WALL, and his Wife, having some time ago offer'd his Estate to Sale, in a most pressing Manner to Mrs. MARY LEACROFT, of Wirksworth she thereupon entered into Articles in Writing with the said STEPHEN WALL, for the purchase of all his Estate, both Freeold and Copyhold, in the parish of Matlock, in this County of DERBY : This Notice is given, that all the Persons may save themselves the trouble and Expence of making any Enquiries about the said Estate.

1758

The Derby Mercury, 11 August 1758

To be SOLD to the best BIDDER, at the House of Isaac North, at MATLOCK New BATH, on the First of September next, betwixt the Hours of One and Four in the Afternoon ; A FREEHOLD ESTATE, situate at Hognaston ...
[This is the earliest notice mentioning the New Bath that I have found (AA)]

1766

The Derby Mercury, 14 March 1766

WILLIAM LOVETT,
(Late Servant to WILLIAM FITZHERBERT, Esq.,)
Begs Leave to inform the GENTRY, and Others,
THAT he hath now taken and enter'd upon MATLOCK NEW BATH, (lately kept by Mr. Isaac North) which is since repair'd and improv'd ; where all Persons who please to favour him with their Company, may depend on being well accommodated, and their Favours gratefully acknowledged by
Their most obedient humble Servant
Wm. LOVETT

Matlock Bath: New Bath Hotel (1)

1767

The Derby Mercury, 3 April 1767

To be Sold to the best Bidder,
On Tuesday the 5th Day of May next, in the Afternoon, at the Royal Oak in Chesterfield ...
And also two Closes, situate on the West Bank of the River Derwent, not incommoded with Floods, and within 200 Yards of Matlock Bath, called Maston Closes, containing three Acres and an Half of Land, or thereabouts. For Particulars enquire of Mr. Samuel at Ashford ...

Flooding in the Matlocks

The Derby Mercury, 4 September 1767

TO BE SOLD,
At Matlock New-Bath House, in the County of Derby:, on Tuesday the 15th Day of September next ; the Sale to begin at Four o'Clock in the afternoon,
TWO CLOSES of LAND, with one barn standing therein, lying near the said Bath-House, known by the name of the Carnal Wife Rake, containing by Estimaton 10 acres, more or less, lett to Joseph Pearson at the clear yearly Rent of 8l. The Land is capable of great Improvements. ...

1780

The Derby Mercury, 10 March 1780

To be LETT, AND ENTERED UPON IMMEDIATELY.
A Convenient DWELLING-HOUSE, situate at Matlock Bank, in the County of Derby, now in the Possession of John Wood, Worsted and Hosier, with a Kitchen, Warehouse, Comb-Shop, Stockiner's Shop and several Wool-Rooms conveniently situated for carrying on the said Business ; also a Barn, two Stables, Cow-House, and other Outbuildings ; two Gardens, two Orchards, and three Closes of good Grass Land, containing five Acres, adjoining the above Premises.
Also three other DWELLLING-HOUSES near adjoining the above Dwelling-House, with Outbuildings and a good Garden belonging to each, and three Closes of good Grass Land, containing upwards of four Acres, with a barn thereon, adjoining the Dwelling-Houses.
Also to be sold immediately, the HOUSEHOLD GOODS, STOCK in TRADE, upwards of One Hundred SHEEP, and all the IMPLEMENTS of HUSBANDRY, belonging to the said John Wood.
As the above Premises are conveniently situated for carrying on the Business of Worsted-maker and Hosier, the same will be carried on as usual till they are lett, in order that the Hands may be kept employed : and also will be lett, together or separate, and for any Terms of Years not exceeding Twenty.
For further particulars enquire of the said JOHN WOOD, the Owner, who will shew the Premises; or of Mr. Wright, Hosier, Derby.

The Derby Mercury, 24 March 1780

MATLOCK INCLOSURE.
NOTICE is hereby Given, That the Commissioners appointed by an Act of Parliament lately passed for dividing and inclosing the several Commons and Waste Grounds within the Manor of MATLOCK, in the County of Derby, will hold their first Meeting for carrying the said Act into Execution, at Mr. Mason's at MATLOCK-BATH, on MONDAY the 24th Day of APRIL next, at Nine in the Morning ; and that they will proceed from thence at Ten of the same Morning, to ride and stake out the boundary of the said Manor.

ANTH. LAX.
GEO. GOODWIN
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Solicitors.

The Derby Mercury, 26 May 1780

To be SOLD to the best BIDDER.
On Monday the 12th Day of June 1780, at the House of Robert Mason, at Matlock Old Bath, in the County of Derby, between the hours of Two and Six o'clock in the afternoon of the same day.
THREE MESSUAGES or DWELLING HOUSES, with convenient Outbuildings, and three Gardens, and nine Inclosures of land adjoining together, and Contiguous to the Dwelling Houses, containing by Estimation, 18 acres, lying in Matlock, near Matlock Bridge, in the County of Derby.
One other Messuage or Dwelling-House, with convenient Outbuildings, and four Inclosures of Land adjoining together, called Pope Carr, containing by Estimation 7 Acres, lying in Matlock, near Matlock Bridge aforesaid.
One undivided Moiety, or Half Part of a Paper Mill, and two Closes or Parcels of Land, called North Maston, and Richardson's Pingle, containing by Estimation about Two Acres of Land, lying in Matlock, near Matlock Bath, in the said County of Derby.
Certain Shares of the Manor of Matlock, in the said County of Derby.
One Dwelling-House and Garden, in Snitterton, in the County of Derby, in the Possession of Samuel Hayne.
A Farm, called Rawson's Farm, at Snitterton aforesaid, containing about One Hundred and Thirty-two Acres, held by Lease, at the yearly Rent of Sixty-two Pounds, for a term of Years, of which twelve Years are yet to come and unexpired.
For particulars, inquire of Mr. OUTRAM, of Alfreton ; or Mr. HALL, of Castleton, in the County of Derby. - Mr. JAMES WRIGHT, of Matlock Bridge, will shew the Premises.

The Derby Mercury, Friday 16 June 1780

To be Lett,
and entered into immediately,
MATLOCK BOAT-HOUSE, pleasantly situated on the Road-Side, near the River Derwent, about one Mile from the Bath, with good Stables and Gardens ; fit either for a private Family or an Inn. For further Particulars inquire of Mr. LEACROFT, Attorney at Law, Wirksworth ; Mr. JOHN TEASDALE at Higham, Derbyshire ; or Mr. MERRY, Hosier in Nottingham.

Matlock: Dale Road, Boat House Hotel & River, early 1900s

1783

The Derby Mercury, 23 January 1783

To be SOLD by Private Contract,
The following ESTATES, viz. ...
And on TUESDAY, the 25th February next, at Mr. Mason's at MATLOCK BATH, between the Hours of Three and Five in the Afternoon.
All those FIVE several MEESSUAGES or dwelling-houses, situate in the Parish of Matlock, with the several Closes of Land thereto respectively belonging, containing about 36 Acres, all now in the several Possessions of Widow Wall, Benjamin Wigley, Widow Wass, Adam Knowles, Thomas Buckley, Andrew Blackwell, Widow King, Robert Woodward, Samuel Bown, Widow Clues and Joseph King.
Also the late Mr. Bofville's SHARE of the MANOR of MATLOCK.
... the respective tenants will shew the Premises.

1786

The Derby Mercury, Thursday 17 August 1786

To be PEREMPTORILY SOLD
THE ESTATES of MR. WILLIAM EVETTS, SHEFFIELD, late of HASLAND, in the County of Derby (vix)
At the House of Mr. ROBERT MASON, at MATLOCK BATH, on Friday the 15th Day of September next, between the Hours of Three and Five in the afternoon :
A Freehold MESSUAGE and FARM, with convenient Outbuildings, and several Closes of Meadow and Pasture Ground thereunto belonging, and lying near thereto, containing 15 Acres, situate at at Hartshorne, in the Parish of Matlock, in the said County of Derby, in the Possession of Joseph Nuttall, as Tenant thereof.
ANOTHER Freehold MESSUAGE and a Close of Land thereunto belonging, called the House Close, containing five Acres and two Perches, lying within the Parish of Matlock aforesaid, in the Possession of Thomas and Samuel Bulkeley, as Tenants thereof.
ANOTHER Freehold MESSUAGE and Garden, and several Closes of Land occupied therewith, called the Three Meadows, containing five Acres, two Roods, and thirty-six Perches, lying in the Parish of Matlock aforesaid, in the Possession of Adam Knowles, as Tenant thereof.
ALSO a small Freehold COTTAGE-HOUSE, with the Outhouses, Fold, Garden, and Appurtenances thereto belonging, situate within the Parish of Matlock aforesaid, now the Possession of Elizabeth Wall, as Tenant thereof.
ALSO two third parts of a Freehold MESSUAGE at Harthstone aforesaid, in the Possession of George Nuttall, as Tenant thereof.
Also several Copyhold CLOSES lying within the Manor of Matlock aforesaid, containing 14 acres, or thereabouts, in the Possession of Thomas Salmon, as Tenant thereof.

1788

Derby Mercury, 31 January 1788

MATLOCK-BATH, Feb. 4th, 1788.
GEORGE SAXTON, LATE POSTMASTER OF CHESTERFIELD. HAVING entered upon that large and commodious House, known by the Name of MATLOCK NEW BATH, (late in the Occupation of Mr. Lovett) which, at a very considerable expence, is rendered more agreeable by the additional improvements : Those, he hopes, added to his unremitting Assiduity to please, will entitle him to the favours of the Nobility, Gentry, and Public in general, who may depend on meeting with the most respectful treatment and comfortable Accommodation.
N.B. WINES of the best Vintage - Spirits of the finest Quality - Neat Post Chaises, with good Horses, and Careful Drivers, may always be depended on.

Matlock Bath: New Bath Hotel (4)

1789

Sheffield Register, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, & Nottinghamshire Universal Advertiser, 16 May 1789

Matlock Bath, Derbyshire.
To be let
And entered upon immediately.
A large and commodious INN, or HOTEL, at Matlock, in the finest part of Derbyshire, well furnished and fitted up by Mr Robert Marsden, deceased, with a warm salubrious Spring, and Bath Coach House, good stabling for forty Horses, and the most beautiful walks, Gardens, pleasure grounds and Bowling-Green.
The Tenant may be accommodated with Household Furniture, Wines &c. at a fair appraisement.
Enquire of Mr. Thomas, at George's Coffee-house, Temple Bar, London ; Mrs. Simpson, Wickersley, near Rotherham ; Charles Simpson, Esq, Lochfield ; Mr James Simpson Derby; Mr. Solomon Marchant of Matlock [and others].

1790

The Derby Mercury, Thursday 22 April 1790

To be SOLD by PRIVATE CONTACT.
TWO undivided parts of a FREEHOLD ESTATE situate at Harstone, in the Parish of Matlock, consisting of a Convenient Dwelling House, with suitable Outbuildings, and seven Closes of good Arable and Pasture Land, well watered and lying in a Ring Fence, containing in the whole by Estimation about nine Acres, and now in the Possession of George Nuttall. Also the Entirety of another Freehold Close adjoining the above Premises, containing by Estimation two Acres, or thereabouts, and now in the Possession of William Nuttall.
Further Particulars may be had by applying to Mr. WOLLEY, Attorney at Matlock ; or to GEORGE NUTTALL, at Harstone, who will shew the Premises.

1797

The Derby Mercury, 30 November 1797

MATLOCK BATH, DERBYSHIRE.
TO BE LET, for a term of years, And entered upon a Candlemas next, THAT well known and much frequented HOUSE called MATLOCK BATH, with the others, stables, coach houses, lands, tenements and baths thereto belonging, now in the possession of Robert Mason Esq. who is about to retire from business.
The Proprietors of Matlock Bath will meet at Mr. Deakin's, the Falcon Inn, in Chesterfield, in the County of Derby, on Tuesday the 5th day of December next, at eleven in the morning, to treat any person or persons inclined to take the said premises.
And for further particulars. In the meantime apply to Anthony Lax Maynard, Esq., in Chesterfielde; or to Mr Mason of Matlock Bath who will shew the premises.
28th October 1797.

Matlock Bath from Lovers' Walk, 1799 is an engraving of the Old Bath from around this time.

1799

Staffordshire Advertiser, 10 August 1799

HOTEL, MATLOCK BATH.
THOMAS FROGGOTT begs leave to offer his sincere Thanks to the Nobility, Gentry and Public, for the many favors they have conferred upon him since he has entered upon the above Hotel. He humbly solicits continuance of their favors, and assures them that every exertion shall be used on his part to merit their patronage and support. He has the satisfaction to inform his Friends and the Public, that the extensive alterations and improvements to the hotel are now completed.
The new Assembly and Card Rooms will open on Friday 16th August inst. A celebrated Performer on the Welsh Harp will attend the whole Season.
N.B. A very elegant Billiard Room has lately been added to the Hotel.

1800

The Derby Mercury, Thursday, 5 June, 1800

Old Bath & Temple.
J. LEEDHAM thankfully acknowledges the Patronage and Encouragement he has received from the Nobility and Gentry since his Entrance upon the above Houses, and very respectfully informs them that he has made an Addition of several good Lodging Rooms and private Parlours, a spacious new Dining-Room, and a Communication with the different Baths without being exposed to the open Air.
He hopes the various Alterations have rendered the Accommodations to the Visitants more convenient and comfortable; whose Approbation it will be his constant Endeavour to deserve.
2d June, 1800.

Matlock Bath from the Temple House, 1810

1801

The Derby Mercury, Thursday, 16 July, 1801

Matlock Bath, 1801.
M. FOX,
RESPECTFULLY acquaints the Nobility and Gentry that he has fitted up an elegant House for Private Lodgings, eligibly situated between the two Baths, well adapted for their reception, with good private Parlours, and suitable Lodgings ; and begs leave to assure them that no expence or trouble will be spared to render their temporary situation agreeable as possible.
Mrs. FOX lived as Housekeeper to Mr. Mason, in the Temple, at Matlock Bath, during the last ten years of his continuing the business.

1803

The Derby Mercury, 31 March 1803

Valuable FREEHOLD ESTATES,
MATLOCK BATHS, DERBYSHIRE.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION, By Messrs. SKINNER, DYKE, and CO.
On Thursday the 12th of May at twelve o'clock, at Garaway's Coffee-House, 'Change-Alley, Cornhill, London, in one Lot ;
A Valuable and Improvable FREEHOLD ESTATE, situate on that beautiful Romantic and much Resorted Spot Matlock, on the River Derwent, in Derbyshire, comprising the spacious Modern Structure
The HOTEL ;
With the most capital Warm Baths, suitable accommodations of Letting Rooms and Bed Chambers for near one hundred Persons, Stabling for fifty Horses, Coach Houses, and every proper Building for carrying on the well established Business of Tavern, Hotel, and Inn, erected within a few years at a considerable expence, now in the occupation of Mr. Thomas Froggatt.
Also a Commodious DWELLING HOUSE and Offices in the possession of William Barker, Esq. A neat convenient House Let to Mr. Wild, a Dwelling House and shops to Mr. J. Bown, and about forty Acres of Arable and Grass Land, all Let to Tenants at will, except a small part of the Estate on Leases which expire at Lady Day, 1808 ; the present clear Rents only amount to
Three Hundred and Ninety-two Pounds per Ann.
Also about Twenty Acres of WOOD LAND in hand, and several Valuable MINES of LEAD and LAPIS CALIMINARIS.
The Situation of Matlock is almost universally known to be beyond all description for its beautiful Walks, Roads, Healthfulness of Country, and Celebrated Baths, which will ever render the Property of increasing value, and consequently well worth the attention of Gentlemen wishing to realize.
To be viewed by applying to Mr. Froggatt, at the Hotel, of whom Printed Particulars may be had ; at the Bell Inn, Derby ; of Mr. Drewry, Printer, Derby ; Mr. Wheeler, Printer, Manchester ; Mr. Billinge, Printer, Liverpool ; Messrs. Leigh, Braband, and Mason, Solicitors, New Bridge Street, London ; at the place of Sale ; and of Messrs. Skinner, Dyke, and Co. Aldergate-street, London, where a plan and an Engraving of the Estate may be seen.
N.B. Part of the Purchase-Money may remain on Security of the Premises.
(JS, with permission of Derby LSL)

1807

York Herald, 7 March 1807

HOTEL, MATLOCK BATH.
JOHN LEEDHAM,
(Late of the Old Bath, Matlock,)
BEGS Leave to return his sincere Thanks to the Public, for the many Favours conferred on him during the Time he resided at the Old Bath, and now takes the liberty of informing you that he has taken the HOTEL for a Term of Years, which he intends to open on or before the Fifth Day of April next ; and he solicits and hopes for the Patronage and Support of his Friends and the Public, who my rely upon finding the Hotel in every respect a comfortable House. - Several additional Parlours have been made ; three of them are on the Chamber Story.
*** The BATH belonging to the Hotel is very large and commodious, and the Stables and Coach-Houses are very complete.
Matlock Bath, Feb 10, 1807.

1811

The Derby Mercury, 9 May 1811

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
In the Month of June next, the Particulars, Times and Places of Sale will be given in a future paper ;
Desirable and Compact ESTATE lying at Matlock, near to Matlock Bath, consisting of a convenient messuage, necessary Outbuildings, and about 40 ACRES of Land, in possession of Mr. Edward Frith.

1812

The Derby Mercury, 21 May 1812

MATLOCK BATH.
Wholesale and Retail Silk and Cotton Hosiery Warehouse.
J. SKIDMORE most respectfully informs the Nobility, Gentry, & Public in General, that he has taken and entered upon the stock-in-trade of his late Uncle Samuel Skidmore, at the old accustomed Shop, Matlock Bath, and most humbly hopes for a Continuation of those Favors, which his late Uncle so long experienced from them. And at the same time assures them that nothing on his part shall be wanting to ensure their future Support.
Matlock Bath, 11th May 1812.

William Adam mentions Skidmore's shop, which was at the bottom of the Wapping, in "Gem of the Peak".

1819

The Derby Mercury, Thursday, 1 July, 1819

MATLOCK WARM BATHS,
AT VARLEY'S HOTEL.
The Public are respectfully informed, that there are now two HOT BATHS, with Dressing Rooms complete. The Baths are lined with Italian Marble, and fitted up in a superior manner. Their heat is fixed at 90 degrees, but may be varied at pleasure in a few minutes. The regular and large stream of the purest Water constantly passing through these Baths, makes them peculiarly desirable, and the Proprietor hopes they will be found of great benefit as well as convenience to the Company visiting Matlock Bath, and to the Neighbourhood generally.
The very spacious swimming pool adjoining, of the natural heat of the Spring, is also greatly improved. In the Dressing Room is constant fire.
TERMS OF BATHING: - The Hot Baths 2s, each, or 14 transferable Tickets for One Guinea. - The tepid Swimming Bath 1s. each.
These Baths are at the foot of the HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM, leading to the GRAND RUTLAND CAVERN.

Varley's Hotel, later Robinson's Hotel (see 1822), was taken over by Job Hodgkinson. See Matlock Bath, South Parade and the Pitchings

1820

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 19 April, 1820

TO BE SOLD BY PRIVATE CONTRACT,
ALL that compact and convenient new erected Homestead situated above Allen Hill, on Matlock Bank, comprising two Dwelling Houses, under one roof) with the Outbuildings, Gardens, Orchard, and Two Closes of rich Meadow Land adjoining, occupied by Mr. John Wood and his Mother.
Also several other Dwelling Houses on Matlock Bank, respectively occupied by William Young, William Kniveton, Benjamin Dixon, and others ; and several Closes or Parcels of Meadow, Pasture Land, and Plantations on Matlock Bank aforesaid, the property of the said John Wood, and containing together about 15 Acres.
The above will be divided into Lots as will suit the convenience of Purchasers.
Mr. John Ward, at the Queen's Head, Matlock Bridge, will shew the Property and to treat for the Purchase, application may be made at the office of MESSRS. BRITTLEBANK and SON, Solicitors, (-)dito.
N.B. The Purchasers may be accommodated with the Purchase Money on approved Security.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 10 May, 1820

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION.
At the House of Mrs. Higgott, the Sign of the Greyhound, Cromford on Monday 29th day of May, instant ...
(By Order of the Devisees of the late Mr. J. N. Cumming)
[The sale included property at Wesley and Bonsall]

AT MATLOCK
A Farm called Cliffe Farm at Matlock, adjoining the High Road leading from thence to Alfreton, in Eight convenient Inclosures, with a Barn and Fold Yard, containing together about 26 acres.
Also two other Closes of Land lying near the Old Bath, called the Hoppings, containing about five Acres, including the small Allotment.
... Thomas Howard at the Old Bath, will appoint a Person to shew the Premises and further information may be had of MR. GOSLING, in Chesterfield
[Gosling was the solicitor]
Matlock, 8th May, 1820.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 17 May, 1820

MATLOCK OLD BATH, DERBYSHIRE.
M. CUMMING.
(WIDOW OF THE LATE J. N. CUMMING,)
RETURNS her grateful acknowledgements to the Nobility, Gentry, and her Friends for all past favours, and begs to inform them that the House will be conducted by herself for the benefit of her Family, and she most respectfully solicits may continuance of their patronage.
May 15th, 1820.

Matlock Bath, 1806
Cumming's Old Bath Hotel, Matlock Bath

1821

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 28 March, 1821

MATLOCK BATH.
To Let, a genteel and very complete DWELLING HOUSE pleasantly situated on the Museum Parade, in the Romantic Vale of Matlock ; it is neatly finished with every family convenience. - Stabling may be had if required.
For particulars, apply to MR. JOHN VALLANCE, at the Museum, Matlock Bath, or MR. HENRY MOORE, Drawing Master, Green Lane, Derby. - Letters to be post paid.

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 25 April, 1821

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
BY Mr. NICHOLSON.
At the House of Mr. Anthony Walton, the Sign of the Three Horse Shoes, in Matlock, on Monday, the 7th Day of May next, at Three o'clock in the afternoon precisely, if not previously disposed of by Private Contract), subject to such Conditions as will be produced at the time of Sale :
ALL that FREEHOLD COTTAGE and Outbuildings, with several CROFTS adjoining, containing altogether about Eight Acres, more or less, situate on Matlock-Moor, in the Parish of Matlock, in the County of Derby, formerly in the occupation of Samuel Tomlinson, and now of Mrs. Twigg.
The Tenant will shew the Premises ; and for further Particulars, apply to MR. MARSH'S Office, in the Church Lane, Chesterfield.
One Half the purchase money may remain upon security of the ESTATE ; or, the WHOLE, with additional security.
Chesterfield, 18th April, 1821.

1822

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 13 February, 1822

ELIGIBLE SITUATION AT MATLOCK BATH.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. GEO. SMITH.
At the house of Mr. Robinson, The Hotel, at Matlock Bath, in the County of Derby, on Tuesday, the 26th day of February, instant, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon (subject to such Conditions of Sale as will be then produced;)
A MESSUAGE or Tenement with the yard and appurtenances thereto belonging, together with a small plot of ground lying in front of the same, desirably situated at Matlock Bath aforesaid, and in the occupation of Mr. Isaac Wild, and for many years used as a Board and Lodging house.
For a view of the premises and other particulars, apply to MR. WIGLEY HAYWARD HODGKINSON, or at the Office of MR. MILNES, Solicitor, Matlock.

Robinson's Hotel, previously Varley's Hotel (see 1819), was taken over by Job Hodgkinson. See Matlock Bath, South Parade and the Pitchings

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 31 July, 1822

EXTENSIVE SALE OF PROPERTY
AT MATLOCK BATH.
ALL the valuable and well selected Stock-in-Trade, consisting of a choice Assortment of Jewellery, Perfumery, Toys, Fishing Tackle, Ladies Ridicules, Work Baskets, Purses and Pocket Books, Circulating Library and other choice Books, stationary, Shop Fixtures, &c., &c., belonging to
MISS MILNES
Of Matlock Bath, in the County of Derby,
(who is declining Business;)
WHICH WILL BE SOLD BY AUCTION
BY Mr. GLOVER,
On the Premises, on the 1st, 2d and 3d days of August, 1822, and Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in every Week until the whole is disposed of, to commence at half past 11 o'clock each Day.
Catalogues to be had at the Hotels, and on the Premises, at Matlock Bath ; Rutland Arms, Bakewell ; and of the Auctioneer, in Wirksworth.

1823

Staffordshire Advertiser, 25 October 1823

NURSERY PLANTS.
TO BE SOLD PRIVATE CONTRACT, at Mr. JAMES SMITH's, of Matlock Moor, near Matlock, in the county of Derby, who is changing some part of his nursery grounds, about seven acres of stout, healthy, well grown plants, of all sizes; consisting of Scotch, Larch, Spruce and Silver Firs, Weymouth Pines, Oak, Ash, Mountain Ash, Limes, Beech, Black Italian, Poplar, Birch, Alders, Chesnur [sic], Sycamoor, Willow, Maple, Holly, Quick 3 and 4 years old, Crab, Fruit Trees, Shrubs, &c. - The above trees will rise with excellent roots, and will be well worth the attention of the planters, as they grow upon poor soil, and in a cols situation.
The above will be sold uncommonly cheap.

See Matlock & Matlock Bath Names in the London Gazette, 1827 (scroll down)

1824

The Derby Mercury, 15 December 1824

TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. G. SMITH.
At the Sign of the Horse Shoe, Matlock Green, on Thursday the 30th December instant, at four o'clock in the afternoon, subject to such conditions as will be then produced :
AN Old established and well accustomed PUBLIC HOUSE known by the sign of the QUEEN's HEAD, situated at Matlock Bridge, in the county of Derby, late in the possession of Mr. William Wheatley, with the outbuildings, garden, and: appurtenances thereto belonging. And also two Sittings in a Pew under the West Gallery in Matlock Church.
Mr. W. H. Hodgkinson, of Matlock, will shew the premises ; and further particulars may be had at the Office of Messrs. MOUSLEY and CLARKE, Solicitors, Derby.
Derby, December 14th, 1824.

1825

The Derby Mercury, 18 May 1825

E. TAYLOR begs to inform the Ladies of MATLOCK and Vicinity, she has entered upon the House & Business at the Bath lately conducted by MISS HACKNEY, and she hopes by constant attention to merit their patronage and support.
E. TAYLOR is just returned from Town with an elegant Assortment of
Millinery, Dresses, Pellisses, Fancy Cloaks, &c.
Which will be ready for inspection on Thursday next, and following days, when she requests the honor of their visits.
Matlock Bath, May 14, 1825.

1832

Derby and Chesterfield Reporter, No. 503 Vol. X, Thursday Evening, 5 July, 1832

MAWE'S ORIGINAL ROYAL MUSEUM, MATLOCK BATH, UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF His Grace the Duke of Devonshire
THE PROPRIETOR (S. MAWE) begs respectfully to announce to the Public that, in addition to the Extensive and Splendid Assortment of every kind of Derbyshire Spar and Marble Goods, she has lately added some of the finest Specimens of ITALIAN workmanship, in Vases, Inlaid Tables, Paperweights, &c. &c. ; amongst which ; the BORGHESI MEDECIAN, and WARWICK VASES, and beautiful Sculpted Models of the Leaning Tower and Baptistero of Pisa, are particularly worthy of notice - also the group of CANOVA'S GRACES - APOLLO, MUSIC, and POETRY, and the elaborately sculptured Group, of the LAOCOON - beautiful Hebe Eures - Naples Tazzas, Grecian Tripods, and Urns - and a great variety of pretty cheap Vases, Baskets, &c. too numerous to mention.
A fine Show of the Black and ROSEWOOD Marbles, Blue John and Stalactite, worked up after the most approved Antique Shapes, and executed in the finest style by her own Derbyshire workmen ; consisting of vases, &c. Banks's Cleopatras, and other Egyptian Obelisks (accurately copied from the originals), Inkstands, Watch-stands, Candelabras, &c., &c.
Inlaid and Engraved Tables, with beautiful Moonlight Centres and Antique Borders.
Paperweights, the greatest variety, in Mosaic, plain or engraved with Landscapes or Figures, encircled with beautifully cut Borders.
Figures of Dogs, Cattle, &c., Sculptured in superior manner.
French and English Bronzes, Foreign China or Figures, Vases, magnificent Jars, &c.
An extensive Collection of Minerals, Mineral cabinets, arranged and described, for the use of Learners, from 2 to 20 Guineas - Shells and Corals (a beautiful variety), arranged Collections of Ditto, for Students.
Fine Group of Birds and Insects.
The best Books on Mineralogy, Geology, and Concology.
Orders executed with the greatest dispatch, and at CONSIDERABLY REDUCED PRICES.
N.B.-The SALOON, or MUSEUM Library and NEWS ROOM, which is supplied with London and Provincial Papers, Periodicals, &c. is now open to the Public.
Terms of Subscription.

    Per. Week.   Fortnight.   Month.   3 Months.   Year
1 Person | 2-0 | 3-6 | 6-0 | 0-14-0 | 1-1-0
2 Ditto | 3-6 | 5-0 | 9-0 | 1-1-0 | 1-6-0
3 or more | 4-0 | 7-0 | 12-0 | 1-10-0 | 2-2-0


An extensive Assortment of Stationary, Jewellery. Gloves, Perfumery, Fishing Rods and Lines, Bows and Arrows &c. &c. &c. (JS)

A stereo view image show the large bay window of Mawe's Original Museum

Derby and Chesterfield Reporter, No. 503 Vol X, Thursday Evening, 5 July, 1832

THE VILLA, MATLOCK
EXCELLENT.
HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE, Square Piano Forte, Paintings, Globes by Carey, two Telescopes, Maps, Shower Bath complete, Billiard Table, 12 feet by 6, Hall Time Piece, Linen Press, Pump, Kitchen requisites, Stove, Boiler, A HANDSOME GIG, NEARLY NEW, An excellent DAIRY COW, &c.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
BY EYRE & SON,
At the Villa, Matlock Bath, in the county of Derby, on Monday and Tuesday, the 9th and 10th of July, 1832. (In consequence of that delightful Residence being about to be converted into a Boarding School for Young Ladies under the superintendence of the Misses Cox.)
The sale to commence each morning at half-past 10 o'clock.
THE FURNITURE, the whole of which is in the best condition, consists of mahogany dining, card and Pembroke tables, side-board table, Trafalgar chairs, carpets, handsome couch, cellaret, two handsome mahogany four-post bedsteads in chintz, tent and press bedsteads, eight excellent feather beds, mattresses, 13 pair Blankets, counterpanes, chest of drawers, and the usual bedroom requisites.
Catalogues will be ready four days prior to the sale, and may be had on the premises, and of the Auctioneers, Derby.
Full Street, 27th June, 1832 (JS)

Matlock Bath: Ashfield, originally The Villa

1838

Derbyshire Courier, 5 May 1838

VALUABLE FREEHOLD PROPERTY,
AT MATLOCK,
In the County of Derby.
TO BE PREREMPTORILY SOLD BY AUCTION, BY MR. BREARY,
(By order of the Mortgagee under a power of sale),
At the house of Mr. Charles Else, the Red Lion Inn, in Matlock, on Monday the 17th day of Sept, next at Six o'Clock in the Evening, subject to such conditions of sale as then will be produced.

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ALL that MESSUAGE, DWELLING-HOUSE or Tenement, situate at Matlock Bank, in the county of Derby, with the Yard, Outbuildings, Garden, and Appurtenances thereto belonging and adjoining. - Also all those several erections and buildings lying contiguous to the said messuage, now used for the manufacture of hosiery, and as a warehouse, in the occupation of Mr. James Crowder.
And also all those pieces or parcels of excellent MEADOW LANDS, adjoining the said premises, and occupied therewith, containing, by estimation 2a 3r 4p, or thereabouts.
The above valuable property presents an opportunity for investment rarely to be met with ; it is delightfully situate in Matlock Bank, adjoining the villager of Matlock, and commands most extensive views of the surrounding scenery.
The Dwelling-house is fir for the reception of a respectable family, being in good repair, and a never failing spring of excellent water flows in the yard.
The whole or any part of the purchase-money may remain on approved security ; and further particulars may be known on application at the office of MR. HUBBERSTY, Solicitor, Wirksworth.
Wirksworth, August 28th, 1838.

James Crowder can be found on Matlock Bank in the 1841 census | the 1851 census | the 1861 census |

1852

Sheffield Independent, 10 July 1852

MATLOCK GREEN ACADEMY, MATLOCK
PRINCIPAL - Mr. W. C. CLARKE, Member of the College of Preceptors.
In this Establishment Young Gentlemen are liberally Boarded and carefully Instructed in the usual branches of a sound English Education; also in the Latin, Greek, and French Languages, so as to prepare them either for commercial or professional pursuits.
Terms, including Instruction in the above, Twenty Guineas per annum.
The School duties will be resumed on the 22nd inst.

See this school in the 1851 census | the 1861 census.

1855

Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal, 12 October 1855

HYDROPATHIC BATHS by Ralph Davis and his Wife. Board. Lodging, and Baths, 3s. per day. Matlock Bank, Derbyshire.

White's 1857 Directory shows Ralph Davis on the Bank (scroll down to Baths). His first hydro was at South View (see 1879 below).
Chesterfield House Hydro, Matlock

Notes and Queries, 27 October 1855

HYDROPATHY, near Matlock
Bridge Station, Derbyshire. Board,
Lodging, Vapour, Hot and Cold Water, and
Douche Baths, Attendance, Blankets, Sheets,
&c., 3s. 6d. per Day. Entrance Fee, 3s. 6d.
Glazed Verandah 66 feet long, furnished, and
heated by steam. The finest Water, Scenery,
and Situation. Pecuniary emolument not an
object. Mild Treatment. MR. SMEDLEY.
Proprietor (AA)

White's 1857 Directory shows John Smedley on the Bank (scroll down to Baths).

1856

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 16 July, 1856

To be LET by TENDER, for a Term of Years, GUILDEROY HOUSE, Matlock-Bath, Derbyshire, set amid the most beautiful scenery, and elegantly furnished ; containing entrance hall, 30 feet by 15 feet, dining room and drawing-room, each 30 feet by 17 feet, other rooms on the ground floor of smaller dimensions, good kitchens, &c., with 8 lodging rooms and two water closets, coach-house, and stabling for four horses, garden and pleasure grounds, about an acre in extent.
The house may be seen daily between the hours of 12 and 2 o'clock.
Tenders must be sent in before the 21st of August next, to ALFRED HENRY PECHELL, Esq., Matlock Tower, Derbyshire.

Guilderoy was mentioned by William Adam. See Matlock Bath: Museum Parade, Old Bath Terrace & the Heights, 1840.

1857

The Derby Mercury, 6 May 1857

MATLOCK BATH.
HODGKINSON'S HOTEL, MATLOCK BATH
WILLIAM BROOKER,
Of the Firm of HODGKINSON and BROOKER, Wine and Spirit Merchants, Matlock Bath,
RESPECTFULLY acquaints the visitors to this favourite place of Summer resort, that he has entered upon the OLD ESTABLISHED and WELL KNOWN PREMISES called
HODGKINSON'S HOTEL.
Which was kept by his late uncle, Mr. JOB HODGKINSON, and WM. BROOKER's present partner, during a period of 25 years.
W. B. hopes that by strict attention to the general requirements of his guests, and the personal superintendence of MRS. BROOKER to the Internal and Domestic Arrangements of the Establishment, to ensure a continuance of the patronage which this Hotel has hitherto extensively enjoyed, and he assures tourists and the Public generally that no pains will be spared by himself and partner to ensure to those who may favour him with a visit every comfort and convenience, in combination with reasonable charges and a view to general economy.
HODGKINSON'S HOTEL, from its situation, offers superior facilities to either day parties or those who intend a more lengthened sojourn, being central to the principal places of public interest, and within five minutes walk of the Railway Station.
N.B. Post and Saddle Horses. Wines, Spirits, Dublin Porter, and Home Brewed Ales in casks, bottles, or on draught, of the first qualities.

Hall's "Days in Derbyshire", 1863 has an illustrated advertisement for Hodgkinson's Hotel.

1859

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 12 January, 1859

MATLOCK BRIDGE, DERBYSHIRE.
THE duties of the MISSES REDISH'S Establishment, for the board and Education of YOUNG LADIES, will be resumed (D.V.) on FRIDAY, the 28th instant.

See them in the 1861 census | White's 1862 Directory (under Academies) | Kelly's 1864 Directory |

1860

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 4 January, 1860

MISS CUMMING begs to inform her friends and the public that her SCHOOL WILL RE-OPEN on MONDAY, the 9th instant.
Girl's School-room, Matlock Town.

Schools in Earlier Times, Matlock Town
Also see CUMMING, J.N. - Biographies

1861

The Derby Mercury, 20 February 1861

HYDROPATHY.-BRIDGE HOUSE HYDRO. HYDROPATHIC and HOMEOPATHIC ESTABLISHMENT, MATLOCK BANK, 200 yards from the Matlock Bridge Station. Conducted by Mr. Cash, M.R.C.S. Eng. Terms, £2 2s per week.

He was still at Bridge House in 1871. See Kelly's 1864 Directory | the 1871 census |

1867

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 24 April, 1867

BY MR. HOPKINS.
VALUABLE FREEHOLD HOUSE AND BUILDING LAND, AT MATLOCK BANK.
TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION,
By Mr. HOPKINS,
At the Queen's Head Inn, Matlock Bridge, in the County of Derby, on MONDAY, 20th May, 1867, at Six o'clock in the Evening, and subject to such conditions as will then be produced ;
ALL that stone-built DWELLING-HOUSE with the outbuildings, gardens and crofts thereunto adjoining, containing 6,278 square yards or thereabouts, having a frontage of 174 feet to the Turnpike-road from Matlock to Chesterfield, and in the occupation of Mr. Ralph Davis, hydropathist, or his under-tenants. There is an abundant spring of excellent water on the premises available for hydropathic purposes. The premises are well adapted for building, and command extensive views of Matlock Bath and the vicinity.
A small part of the property is copyhold, fine certain (sixpence) ; the remainder is freehold.
Further particulars my be had on application to the AUCTIONEER, Derby-road, Belper ; or
J. G. JACKSON, Solicitor, Belper.

Ralph Davis was in Chesterfield Road in the 1871 census.
Chesterfield House Hydro, Matlock

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 24 April, 1867

MATLOCK BATH.
THE MISSES PEALL having recently removed here with their pupils, have TWO VACANCIES, which can be filled upon the reduced terms of 40 Guineas.
The course of Instruction consists of a thorough grounding in English, French and German, with the usual accomplishments.
Music and Singing Master, Mr. DAY, pupil of Buck, of Norwich,
Easter Term commences April 29th.
Armitage House, Matlock Bath.

Schools in Earlier Times - Former Private Schools

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 24 April, 1867

MATLOCK BATH.
PARENTS who are seeking a Preparatory School for their Sons, where healthy discipline and home comforts are combined, with a thorough grounding in the requisite branches of a BOY's EDUCATION, can receive Miss F. J. PEALL's Prospectus, stating terms, by applying to Messrs. BEMROSE, Stationers, Matlock Bath.

Matlock Bath: North Parade, late 1870's (2)

The Derby Mercury,, Wednesday, 24 April, 1867

REQUIRED, Music, Dancing, Drawing, Elocution, and Latin MASTERS, for Armitage House, Educational Establishment, Matlock Bath. Lowest Terms must be stated. - Address, the Ladies' Principal, Armitage House, Matlock Bath.

North Parade, Matlock Bath, 1908

1871

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 26 April, 1871

MATLOCK BATH.
PRINCE OF WALES HOTEL.
TO be LET, in consequence of the Proprietor retiring from the Business, the above first-class FAMILY and COMMERCIAL HOTEL,situate in one of the best positions in the Bath, and commanding extensive views of its majestic scenery. the house is commodious, and embraces every convenience for carrying on an extensive business. Possession may be had at once. - For further particulars as to valuation &c. apply to PROPRIETOR, Prince of Wales Hotel, Matlock Bath.

The Prince of Wales was on Orchard Road. See Photographs of Matlock Bath Today (2) - scroll down

1872

The Derby Mercury, Wednesday, 11 September, 1872

MATLOCK, Derbyshire.
To be LET, with possession at Michaelmas next, a genteel COTTAGE RESIDENCE in a desirable locality, with a southern aspect, and replete with all conveniences, containing 10 rooms and out offices, vinery, well-stocked kitchen, fruit and pleasure garden. - For particulars and to view, apply to Mr. F. Clay, Matlock Green.

See Francis Clay (related to the web mistress) in the 1871 census.

1874

Derbyshire Times, Saturday 19 September, 1874

By Messrs. Else and Newbold.
THE VICARAGE, MATLOCK BATH.
SALE OF SUPERIOR AND MODERN HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE AND EFFECT,
Comprising the contents of the dining and drawing rooms, entrance hall and study [list of items, omitted here] ... , also eight bedrooms consisting of excellent iron and other Tudor and French bedsteads, .... together with the contents of the schoolroom and nursery, ... and the kitchens, laundry, yards, garden and outbuildings ...
MESSRS. ELSE and NEWBOLD have received instructions from the Rev. R. P. PELLY, (who is removing to a distance), to SELL by AUCTION upon his premises as above, on MONDAY and TUESDAY, September 28 and 29, 1874. The furniture will be on view the Saturday prior to the Sale, between the hours of Eleven and four, and descriptive catalogue will be ready seven days prior to the Sale, and may be had at the AUCTIONEERS, Matlock Bridge, or at the place of Sale.
Also, will be SOLD BY AUCTION, at the conclusion of the Sale at the Vicarage, a quantity of FURNITURE and EFFECTS, at "Holme Bank, the late residence of Raymond Pelly, Esq., consisting of excellent Spanish mahogany sideboards, mahogany secretaire and bookcase, oak hall chair, handsomely carved, oak table [and other items, omitted here].
Sale to commence each day at Eleven o'clock, prompt.
Auction, Estate Agency, and Surveying Officers, Matlock Bridge. (AA)

Youth Hostel, Matlock Bath, 1960 - the First Vicarage.
The family in the 1871 census.

1875

Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, 24 July 1875

BROWN'S HYDROPATHIC INSTITUTION MATLOCK BANK, Derbyshire (Steward the late Mr Smedley). South aspect. A perfect home for visitors and invalids; free from draughts. Terms moderate. Prospectus free on application. Electric baths.

Samuel Brown in the 1881 census.
Advertisement for Brown's Temperance Hotel at Matlock Bridge (scroll down).

1876

The Derby Mercury, 29 March 1876

BY MESSRS. ELSE AND NEWBOLD

MATLOCK BATH, DERBYSHIRE
TO CAB PROPRIETORS, HOTEL KEEPERS AND OTHERS

MESSRS ELSE and NEWBOLD beg to announce that they have received instructions from Mr. SIDNEY F. WHEATCROFT to SELL by AUCTION, upon his premises at Matlock Bath (in consequence of his giving up the posting business through change of property and other causes), on TUESDAY, April 4, 1876, his USEFUL and VALUABLE HORSES, CARRIAGES, HARNESS, HORSE CLOTHING, and other Effects.

The Sale will include a very useful Chestnut Horse; a capital bay Harness Mare; and excellent PONY, quiet to ride or drive; a very superior and well-finished Brake to carry 20 persons, with pole, cushions, and applicances complete (new); a most excellent Wagonette to carry 8 persons with complete fittings; excellent half-headed Phaeton with cushions, pole, splinter bar, &c, complete; ditto, with glass front, cushions pole, splinter bar, &c, complete; capital vis-a-vis Phaeton; Pony Gig in good condition; village Cart, nearly new; two very superior sets of silver-plated single Harness; one set of brass-mounted ditto; a quantity of sundry harness, horse clothing, and other items.

Sale to commence at 9 o'clock.
Auction, Estate Agency, and Surveying Offices,
Matlock Bridge.
(JS)

1879

Leicester Daily Mercury, 19 April 1879

SOUTH VIEW HYDROPATHIC INSTITUTION, near the Station, MATLOCK BRIDGE, conducted by Mr. and Mrs. HAWLEY (formerly and for many years at Smedley's Establishment.)
The best treatment most successfully administered.
Enquiries by letter promptly attended to.

James and Rebecca Hawley in the 1881 census. South View is where the former Smedley's Memorial Hospital is today.

1886

The Manchester Guardian, 24 June 1886

DERBYSHIRE, MATLOCK BATH. - TO BE LET, WOODLAND HOUSE: four reception, ten bed rooms, with every accommodation : charming situation. Apply G. W. WRIGHT, estate and land agent, Matlock Town.

Matlock Bath: Derby Road, Woodland House

The Manchester Guardian, 29 June 1886

MATLOCK BATH - TO BE LET, OR SOLD, WELLINGTON HOUSE, Waterloo Road: containing entrance hall, dining, drawing and breakfast rooms, 9 bedrooms, kitchen, w.c., outhouses, good garden, and other conveniences, splendid south aspect. For particulars and to treat, apply to THOMAS HOWARD REPWORTH, engineer and valuer, 33, Tulketh-street, Southport.

Wellington House can be seen on several images of Matlock Bath on this site. The best view is probably on Matlock Bath: Heights of Abraham, Wooded Slopes

Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald, 29 December 1886

Notice of Removal
T. E. Briddon, Ironmonger (opposite Crompton & Evans Union Bank, Matlock Bridge), begs to announce that has REMOVED his business to the commodious premises recently occupied by Mr. Clay, Ironmonger, Crown Square, Matlock Bridge, where he will on December 31 with a choice selection IRONMONGERY at cheap rates, and trusts to be favoured with a continuance of public support.

1916

The High Peak News, Saturday, 29 April, 1916.

EASTER SHOW
Of very Latest Styles and Requirements for Millinery, Blouses, Corsets, Hosiery, Gloves, Underwear, and GENERAL DRAPERY For the Easter Season,
THIS WEEK, AT BRYAN'S, THE DRAPERS, MATLOCK BATH. (CR)

Matlock Bath: Holme Road to the Prospect Tower

 

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