Matlock High Torr &C
The River Derwent runs from the bottom of this Vast Rock
whose perpendicular height above the Water is 354 feet
Published Dec 1751 by T Smith
Thos Smith ----
J[ames] Mason Sculpt
An idyllic rural scene on the banks of the River Derwent
below High Tor. A milkmaid is standing close to the riverside
track, with three cows on her left and probably her milking
pail on the ground to her right. She seems to be talking
to a [young] man who is reclining on the ground near her
feet. On the track itself is a stooping man with a long
stick who is walking away from the pair. He is smoking a
pipe whilst leading his donkey. On the far side of the riverbank,
between the cows and the young woman, is an entrance to a
lead mine. Although it is not easy to see, there is a small
house on the hillside on the right which is surrounded by
a stone wall. This was part of the property that Thomas Brentnall
sold to Samuel Bown in 1790.
There is a
clearer view of it on Francis Chantrey's 1822 drawing. The cottage was eventually demolished when Tor Cottage
(the High Tor Hotel) was built.
Lead mine entrance.
This portal must have provided access to the southern continuation
of Seven Rakes (High Tor Rake).
Detail, showing the Brentnall property that was sold to the Bowns.