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Both William Adam and Timothy Spencer Hall described The Villa as the oldest building in Matlock Bath[1] in the mid nineteenth century and the above card tells us it had been the home of the Ragg (or Wragg) family. The Stones family were the last to live there and must have renamed the property as they were recorded as living at The Villa as late as 1899, but the 1901 census shows them as being at Ashfield[2]. The house was demolished in 1908. It had, in its time, been a family home, a school[1] and a boarding house that was for many years run by Mr. and Mrs. Broadfoot[4].

In 1892 this substantial property was advertised for letting[5] and was described as being "delightfully situate, and commands charming views of the High Tor and the valley of the river Derwent". As well as the main house, the property had a "Cottage, Stable, Coach House, good garden, and Paddock adjoining" in grounds of over an acre. There was also a cow house with over 4 acres of land and a "small Lock-up Shop, for some time occupied as a butcher's shop".


Advertising the surroundings


A map from 1900 shows "Ashfield" as a large plot on the Matlock Bath hillside below Guilderoy, with Waterloo Road running along one boundary. After the house was demolished the land remained undeveloped for some years. The extension to Temple Walk, at first called New Road, was not begun until the 1920s.


The front of the property


The above advertisement, which shows the front of the house, with the cottage alongside, dates from Mr. Broadfoot's time. The same picture was published in "Days in Derbyshire"[6].


Cards in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information written, researched by and © Ann Andrews
Intended for personal use only

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

[1] See both William Adam's "Gem of the Peak" and Chapter 4 of "Days in Derbyshire".

[2] The Stones were recorded in Matlock Bath in Kelly's 1895 Directory and Kelly's 1899 Directory. They were listed as living at Ashfield in the 1901 census. Two sons of the family died in the 1914-18 War. See: Matlock's WW1 Casualties Not Listed on the Matlock Memorial.

[3] The Villa was shown as a school in both Pigot's Directory 1842, when it was run by the Cox sisters, and in the 1891 census, when Mr. Wright was the schoolmaster.

[4] The Broadfoots advertised in various trades directories. See both Kelly's 1848 Directory and Kelly's 1864 entry. John and Elizabeth Broadfoot were in Matlock Bath at the time of the 1861 census, although their home was not named. John Broadfoot encountered financial difficulties - see Names in the London Gazette, 1867.

[5] "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday, 27 April, 1892.

[6] See the Advertisement for The Villa, Matlock Bath.