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MATLOCK - HIGH TOR
Drawn by J. Smith
Engraved by S. Middiman
Published as the Act Directs Jany 21st, 1785 by S. Middiman, London


The engraving of High Tor was from a drawing by John Smith, who was in Derbyshire about 1785[1]. It was published in "Select Views in Great Britain" (1784-1792), a collection of topographical art with engravings by Samuel Middiman (1750-1831)[2]. Middiman was a highly regarded engraver who produced engravings from drawings by, amongst others, Joseph Wright of Derby. The hand colouring is a later addition.

A small weir can be seen on the river bed. Whilst old engravings don't necessarily give a totally accurate depiction it is probable that the line of wall and houses (bottom right) could have been where the old road - now a footpath - comes down from Starkholmes. David Palmer Pearson's articles, researched by Colin Goodwyn, confirm that this is the weir he dated as 1769, based on Barber and Goodwin's lease date[3], and 'shows the outfall from the weir, and mine buildings.' Also that 'the ruins of this weir are known to fishermen as Robinson's Stream'. He also mentioned a later engraving by Farrington / Boyne dated 1817 entitled 'South View of Matlock High Tor' which shows 'the rim of the weir, then in a delapidated condition'[4].


See the Farrington /Boyne print and Robinson's Stream in the Government Art Collection.


Engraving in the collection of and provided by and © Bernard Gale.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
References:

[1] John (Warwick) Smith "was in Derbyshire about 1775". Quote from No. 24, Walker's Quarterly: John (Warwick) Smith (1749-1831) by Basil S. Long, M.A.

[2] Middiman's dates from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

[3] See the Wolley Manuscripts Vol. 6671 ff.310-313 (Manorial deeds and papers ... water wheels on E. of Derwent adjoining High Tor Wood and near Matlock Bridge for unwatering mines 1769).

[4] With thanks to Colin Goodwyn, who has researched articles written by the Matlock Dale antiquarian David Palmer Pearson (d. 1932).