Bank Road, photographed on a lovely summer's day in 1907. Apart from
the tramcar ascending the hill, the only other vehicles are horse
drawn. By 1910 or so the bright red post box on the right hand
corner had been removed.
On the left of the image is the side view of the Crown Hotel,
which had a glass roofed canopy extending from the hotel's side
door to the edge of the pavement. Mr. William Tanzer, who was born
in Long Eaton in 1854, was the licensee of the Crown at this time.
He had taken over from Mr Joseph Tummon in 1902 and
was initially granted temporary permission by Matlock Petty Sessions
in late May of that year to sell [alcohol] at the hotel.
Next to the hotel are stone walls that surround a plot of land
with two gateways, one facing the hotel entrance and the other
facing the road. There were several notices stuck on this gate.
A little further along is a low boundary wall bordering Imperial
Road Gardens; there seems to be a summer house or shelter in the
grounds close to the garden's boundary.
Peter Holmes, a draper who had been brought up in Cromford, occupied
no.1 Crown Buildings behind the lamp post on the right hand side
of the road.
He was the son of Sarah and Peter Holmes and his father worked
as a tailor, which is how Peter would have learned his trade. The
family were living on Alma Terrace, Cromford in 1871. Unfortunately,
the elder Peter died suddenly in 1877 when returning home from
working on Matlock Bank.
As for the lamp post, this was a gas light with a mantle that had
to be lit each evening. The side arms were for the lamplighter
to rest has ladder against when he changed the mantle.
Mr. Holmes initially set up in business on Dale Road, moving from
there between 1891 and 1894,
and was probably the building's first tenant. Hats are on display
behind the blind in the first floor window. A milliner, Miss Gertrude
Corrall, was living with the family in 1901.
She married Edward Croft in 1902, by which time she had worked
for Peter Holmes for eight years.
The Holmes family moved from Matlock to Quorn in Leicestershire
around 1907-8, which was when Mr. Beard took over the premises.
Peter Holmes seems to have then given up work - an obituary stated
that he had been ill for some years - and he passed away at Quorn
on 3 November 1919, aged 62. He was then described as a gentleman.
Mr. Tanzer's 1903 Advertisement for the Crown Hotel
The Vernon Lamb Archive - Crown Hotel staff and visitors