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Matlock: Dale Road at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century
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Postcard of Dale Road, Matlock Bridge. Although it wasn't posted the card dates from about 1915.
Donated by Photo-Ark  2003, Image 1
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Dale Road, Market Hall

Matlock, Early 20thC

Matlock, The Bridge

The AutoChrome Album of Matlock & District

Vernon Lamb Archive

Group outside Queen's Head, 1910-13

This early Edwardian view of Dale Road is still easily recognisable today, with the turrets of the Olde Englishe and what was Hunter's shop in the distance in the centre of the picture.

The first shop on the left was a watchmakers. Henry Barnwell, whose name is painted above his shop doorway which was on the corner opposite the entrance to the station, had moved to Matlock from Warwickshire and founded the family business in Matlock Bridge 1876[1]. The shop named after him was still advertising in the trades directories as selling jewellery, watches and china in 1916[2], though the premises became a bank shortly afterwards. It is difficult to tell what he was selling in the left hand shop window; the items could be china ornaments and figurines. Down the right hand side of his doorway is a display of postcards of local views.

After Henry's sudden death on 16 April 1887 at the age of 48[3] his widow, Hannah (nee Ludlam), who was his second wife, took over the watchmakers, but she died on 7 November 1889. Henry's son, Harry William Barnwell, then ran the business[4]. The Barnwells were members of the Matlock United Reformed Church.[5] Harry William also married twice; his first marriage was in 1890 to Ann Ludlam and, following her death in 1906, he went on to marry Eliza Ludlam in 1907. Both marriages took place at Matlock Bank's Congregational Chapel.

The female in the green skirt and white blouse on the right is crossing the road outside the Queen's Head. The building next but one to the hotel, though not quite the same as today, is the old Market Hall (see link on the right).

"Dale Road, Matlock Bridge", from the W R & S Reliable Series. Unposted.
Image kindly donated by Photo-Ark © 2003
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use.

References (coloured hyperlinks are to transcripts and images elsewhere on this website):

[1] Mr. Barnwell placed an advertisement in "The AutoChrome Album of Matlock & District". View the images inside the front cover.
[2] The Barnwell's also advertised their shop at Matlock Bridge in various trades directories over the years including Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire for 1887 (Mrs. Henry), 1891, 1895, 1899, 1908, 1912 and 1916.
[3] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 19 April 1887.
[4] See the 1881 census entry for father and son. Also view the onsite transcript of the 1901 census for Harry W Barnwell and his family. None of the Barnwells were in Matlock in 1891.
[5] Records of their deaths in the Deaths Register 1881-1926 are on this website. Family burials were at St. Giles. They are listed in on-site indexes (Surnames B) although no MI is available on the site.