MATLOCK - HIGH TOR
Drawn by J. Smith
Engraved by S. Middiman
Published as the Act Directs Jany 21st, 1785 by S. Middiman,
The engraving of High Tor was from a drawing by John Smith,
who was in Derbyshire about 1785.
It was published in "Select Views in Great
Britain" (1784-1792), a collection of topographical
art with engravings by Samuel Middiman (1750-1831).
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, 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'.
See the Farrington /Boyne
print and Robinson's Stream in
the Government Art Collection.