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The Boat House Hotel has stood on Dale Road, at the north entrance to Matlock Dale, for over two centuries[1]. Ebenezer Rhodes, visiting in the early 1820s, wrote that "near the Boat House, the first fine scenery of Matlock Dale is presented"[2]. Eighty years later J. B. Firth, who was writing at approximately the same time as the pictures for these two postcards were taken, was less complimentary. On entering the the dale "the first thing we pass is a large, unsightly quarry on the right ; then we reach the Boat House Hotel, once one of the fashionable houses of the dale"[3].

The Hotel is pictured here just over a hundred years ago, when Holt Quarry behind had not been quite so extensively quarried. There is a large signboard on the side of the building in the top image, advertising "Hardy's Ale & Stout, Starbright, Sold in bottle".

The image below shows not only the Boat House but also a view of Matlock Bank. Look carefully at the quarry entrance just past the Boat House. A large wheelbarrow is standing end down and with the handles pointing skywards.

Known licensees, listed alphabetically, 1827 - 1941
With links to on site references

Surname, first names(s) Address References
Adin, William Boat House, Matlock Pigot's Directory, 1831
Wright, Mr. J. Boat House, Matlock Dale

Arthur Jewitt's "The Matlock Companion...", 1835

Barker, John Boat House and Boat House Inn, Old Lane Kelly's Directory 1855
White's Directory, 1857 (Hotels, Inns and Taverns)
Brightmore, Joseph Boat House, Matlock Pigot's Directory, 1842 (Taverns and Public Houses)
Clay, Lawrence Boat House Hotel, Matlock Temporary Licence at Brewster sessions, then licence March 1919
Eato, Frank Boat House Hotel, Matlock The Eato Family
Mrs. Florence Boat House P.H., Dale rd Kelly's Directory, 1941
Eaton, Anthony Boat House inn Kelly's Directory, 1848
Eaton, Charles Boat House Inn Bagshaw's Directory, 1846 (Hotels, Inns and Taverns)
1851 census
Matlock & Matlock Bath Names in the London Gazette, 1851-55
Edwards, Harry Boat House Hotel, Dale road Kelly's Directory, 1925
Evans, William Boat House, him Publican 1901 census
Fletcher, James Boat House Glover's Directory, 1827-9
Fletcher, Jas. Boat House, Matlock Pigot's Directory 1827-9 (Taverns and Public Houses)
Glover, Geo. Boat House Hotel, Matlock Bridge 1902 - 04+ (personal research)
Gratton, Chas. Boat House P.H., Dale rd Kelly's Directory, 1932
Gratton, William Boat House Hotel, Matlock 1931 (announcement of his death)
Gyte, James Boat House hotel Kelly's Directory 1895
Kelly's Directory 1899
Hancock, William Boat House Hotel
Boat House Hotel landlord (formerly a railway foreman)
Kelly's Directory, 1887
Hayto, Frank
(possible misprint for Eato)
Boat House Hotel, Matlock Licence transfer Nov 1932
Holling, Albert Boat House hotel, Dale road 1911 census
Kelly's Directory 1912
Kelly's Directory 1916
Marsden, Thomas Boat House Death of, 1859
Rawson, Thomas Boat Hotel, Dale 1861 census
White's Directory, 1862 (lime and marbl. merchant)
Kelly's Directory, 1864

1871 census
Kelly's Directory, 1876
1881 census
Kelly's Directory, 1881 (family & commercial boarding house)
Rawson, William Boat House Inn 1829 sale notice
Robinson, John Boat House Hotel, Dale cres, proprietor Kelly's Directory, 1908
Still there at the beginning of 1910
Rushton, Edward Boat House White's Directory, 1852
Teasdale, John Boathouse Derby Mercury, 22 July 1774 states that it was "lately kept" by Mr. Teasdale
Wood, William Boat House hotel 1891 census
Kelly's Directory, 1891

1. "On the Derwent, Matlock" published by Valentine's Series. Printed in Great Britain. Message - a New Year Greeting. Edward VIII stamp. Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ann Andrews
2. "Matlock Bridge. West End Series, published by A. E. Shaw, Blackburn. Posted Whittington Moor, Cheshire on 8 Sept 1908.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Susan Tomlinson
Researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links go to on site transcripts):

[1] See the 19th century "Guides" The Gem of the Peak | Hall's Days in Derbyshire, 1863, Chapter 5

[2] Rhodes, Ebenezer (1824) "Peak Scenery" pub. London, Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, Paternoster Row

[3] Firth, J. B. (1908) "Highways and Byways in Derbyshire" MacMillan & Co., London