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The Popular Album of Matlock
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century : Photographs, Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
Front Cover inside the back cover
Front cover. Inside the back cover:
Advertisements for Hartley and Phillips of
Crown Square and Evans of Dale Road[1]
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Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham, 1890s

Matlock Bridge (and Bank), early 1890s

1 Crown Buildings

Hartley's shop

Simpson's letter card

A pocket sized booklet of images, folded in concertina fashion, published by the Sheffield Telegraph at the end of the nineteenth century sometime between 1891 and 1898[2]. The views were from a series of pictures taken by Wilson and Frith (see advertisement above, right); curiously, the photos have been redrawn to make plates. Only the first three images, out of a total of sixteen, were actually of the Matlocks yet all the advertisers, apart from one advertising a similar album of Llandudno, were all from Matlock or Matlock Bath and their names were to be be found in local trade directories.

Matlock Bath and Riber Castle
Matlock Bath and Riber Castle

The first picture is of Matlock Bath, and shows the village a few years after the Jubilee Bridge was constructed across the river. The triangular area bordered by a pathway beside the Derwent is the newly laid out Promenade. We can see North Parade and Fountain Villas, and both the Clarence and Clarence Terrace had been built. The skating rink can be seen at the far side of Clarence Terrace. Towards the right is Guilderoy and Masson Cottage with Ashfield (The Villa) just below. The Round House, at the top of Holme Road, is peeping over the top of the large tree (bottom, centre). Riber Castle, of course, dominates the opposite hillside above the railway station and there are a few houses in Starkholmes below the castle.

Bridge and Bank
Matlock Bridge and Bank

The second image shows us Dale Road, the commercial centre of Matlock Bridge. The shops opposite what used to be The Old English Hotel had yet to be built. Look carefully at the rear of the Old English; you can see the damage caused by the fire in November 1884[3].

The premises with the chimney at the far end of Dale Road and close to the Bridge was the Rag Mill, which must have been built between 1876 and 1884, and was later was occupied by Poyser's Patents[4].

Although Matlock Bank was largely undeveloped at this time there were some properties on Bank Road and the line of Smedley Street can be seen across the hillside, near the hydro and its church. The two houses on Lime Grove Walk indicate that the original picture dates from about 1890. The replacement for the old Crown Hotel, is hidden behind trees but the edge of it is just about discernable to the left of No.1 Crown Buildings is the large development on Causeway Lane. The Hall Leys was not much more than a field, but the football stand can be seen on the side closest to the river; this was where Matlock Town FC played their matches for a long time.

High Tor, Matlock
High Tor, Matlock

The last of the Matlock and District images is of High Tor, the River Derwent and Artists' Corner. Tor Cottage/the High Tor Guest House or Hotel almost hidden amongst the trees. Opposite Tor Cottage's former coach house was the blacksmiths.

back cover  
On the back:
Advertisements for
Mary Whittaker's Long Tor Cavern[5]
and for Highland Whisky available from Arthur William Upton
at the County and Station Hotel[2]. Both Matlock Bath.
One of Mr. Upton's
"Old Tor"
(Special Liqueur)
Highland Whisky bottles.

Other images in the album, not included here:
Chatsworth from Derwent
Chatsworth and Bridge from the West
Haddon Hall, East Front
Haddon Hall, Dorothy Vernon's Stairway
Bakewell & Church
Vernon Chapel, Bakewell Church - see Bakewell Parish Church - Monuments inside All Saints' (Vernon Chapel)
Ashbourne Church
Dovedale, looking up
Dovedale, Lion's Face

Other booklets

The Matlocks, Part 1
The Matlocks, Part 2

Tourist Booklet of Matlock, Matlock Bath and District, about 1900

"The AutoChrome Album of Matlock & District

"Souvenir of Matlock
", 4th edition

Album printed in Germany.
In the collection of and provided by, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Image of bottle in the collection of and © D C.
Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Hartley and Phillips advertised in Kelly's 1891 Directory. They are mentioned in Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway (1893-1927). Evans advertised in Kelly's 1908 Directory. Also see Dale Road, Matlock and Matlock: Dale Road, About 1904

[2] One of the advertisers, Arthur William Upton, was living in Matlock Bath in 1891 (see the census entry). He advertised in Kelly's 1895 Directory but not in the one for 1899. He had married Amy Cooper in Matlock Bath in 1896 and his wife and daughter were still in the village at the time of the 1901 census. Mr. Upton was in Melbourne and had become a valuer. Also see: County & Station, Dale Road.

[3] Fire broke out in the early hours of the morning of Friday 7 November. Masson Mill's Fire Engine proved to be inadequate and a telegram had to be sent to Derby; the Fire Brigade arrived at 8a.m.! Fortunately, much of the furniture and effects were rescued, but the damage was estimated as being between £9,000 and £10,000. Also see Dale Road & The Old English Hotel

[4] Information from Colin Goodwyn
The mill chimney can also be seen on Matlock - looking towards Hackney, early 20th Century and Matlock: Holt Lane and Dale Road, about 1900. You have to look hard, but it also can be seen on Matlock Bank and Bridge, 1900-02 (second image) and Matlock Bank, the Hall Leys and Dale Road, 1912-14 (top image). There is another view of the rag mill on The Bridge (4), and the Broad Walk.

[5] See Mrs. Whittaker's Long Tor Cavern