An early photograph of Fountain Villas and Derwent Parade,
that form part of North Parade. It was taken at a very
similar time to the previous
image, although there is one small difference.
The shop signs are unreadable but at no. 3 Fountain Villas
is a sign-board advertising a "Ladies College",
which is not on the previous image. This was the school run
by the Misses Peall.
The sisters were in Matlock Bath by 1867, when they advertised
a school on Temple Terrace.
By 1873 Miss Helen was advertising a boy's school at Violet
Cottage in Matlock and Miss Peall was at Brunswood House.
These two advertisements were probably both referring to
Helen Peall as she was the elder of the two sisters who stayed
longest in the village. The sisters moved to Fountain
Villas in 1877 and
continued at Matlock Bath until 1886, when they last advertised
"Superior and Modern Education for Young Ladies
on very moderate terms. Pupils have successfully passed
various examinations. Visiting professors for accomplishments,
The sign on the right announces "Boats for Hire".
|References (coloured links are to transcripts and information
elsewhere on this web site):
 See references to the Misses
Peall and their Matlock Bath school in the
1871 census | the
1881 census | Kelly's
Directory 1876. Also see Matlock & Matlock
Bath Public Notices & Announcements, 1867. By 1891
Frances and Helen Peall were living at Rose Cottage, Oxford
Street, Whitstable, which seems to have been the property
of their brother. Helen Elizabeth Peall died in Kent in 1907
and Frances Julianna Peall died there in 1910.
Maria L Peall, who also lived at Matlock Bath for a time,
died in 1924.
All three sisters were buried at All Saints', Whitstable.
 "The Derby Mercury",
Wednesday, May 1, 1867
"The Derby Mercury",
Wednesday, December 31, 1873
 An advertisement in "The
Derby Mercury" of Wednesday 24 January 1877
shows Miss Peall was still at Brunswood House but she was
advertising in the same newspaper for the autumn term on
Wednesday 29 August 1877 at the Ladies College.
 "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday,
8 September, 1886. "During August, address.
MISS PEALL, 1 Stockleigh-road, St. Leonard's-on-Sea".