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Also by Thomas Allom

Ferry Over the Derwent

Drawn by T. Allom
Engraved by J. W. Lowry

There was little development along the Dale opposite High Tor at this time, but what had been built was dwarfed by the Tor. Smoke is curling out of the chimneys of Tor House (Tor Hill), Riversdale and Glena Cottage - the roadside property where Remo Tinti ran his coal merchant's business in the 1950s and 60s (today, 2017, renamed as The Cables). Amongst the trees on the opposite riverbank there is a brown building which would have belonged to what was to become the colour works. But the semi detached properties with the stabling underneath, built at the bottom of the driveway to Tor House, had not yet been constructed[1] (see link below).

Tor House was then the home of Thomas Robinson, a gentleman of independent means but who, like others in Matlock Bath, took in lodgers[2]. In the 1851 census he was described as a retired innkeeper as in the 1820s he had been associated with Hodgkinson's Hotel (see link below). He had by this time moved out of Tor House and was living in one of the two semi-detached houses. He owned various properties in Matlock Dale and in his Will, written on 31 May 1856, he mentioned "My messuage or dwellinghouse situate at Matlock aforesaid and now in my own occupation with the garden outbuildings and appurtenances thereto belonging"[3]. Leacroft and Thomas Cave respectively[4]. Henry Sakeld James Collingwood[5] occupied, or had sub-let, another messuage and farm lands belonging to Thomas Robinson but it is slightly unclear where this was.

We can just make our a small building tucked under the Tor. This would have been something to do with either the High Tor Grotto or Mr. Boothman's wheel.
See: Matlock Bath: High Tor and the Colour Works

  Hodgkinson's Hotel was known as the Matlock Bath Hotel or Robinson's Hotel when Thomas Robinson was the proprietor in the 1820s.

  Matlock Bath: Dale Road, Stereoview. These properties were owned by Thomas Robinson.

  Matlock Bath: High Tor, Switzerland View. Four later views of the Dale below High Tor, dating from 1892 to about 1913.
  Matlock Bath: High Tor and the Colour Works

The High Tor, near Matlock, Derbyshire. Published by Fisher, Son & Co., London and Paris. No date, but 1836 is the most likely. Hand colouring of later date.
From the collection of and © Ann Andrews.
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

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

[1] Although it looks to be in a rather dilapidated state the coach house / stabling of this building still exists, partly hidden under trees as you drive through the Dale. The upper floors were affected by the 1966 landslip and were demolished.

[2] Thomas Robinson in shown in the 1841 census | the 1851 census | Matlock & Matlock Bath Public Notices & Announcements, 1822.
He also appears in the following trade Directories: Glover's 1827-8-9 (Matlock Bath section) | Pigot's 1828-9 | Pigot's 1831 | Pigot's 1842 | Bagshaw's 1846 | Kelly's 1848 (gentry) | White's 1852 | Kelly's 1855.

[3] Pre-1858 Wills, Surnames R.

[4] Colonel Richard Leacroft was at Tor House by 1851- see his census entry. Mr. Cave and Col. Leacroft can both be found in the 1861 census

[5] Henry Sakeld James Collingwood lived at Tor Cottage. See Matlock Dale : High Tor Guest House, 1945-50 and the 1841 census.