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
The shop named after him was still advertising in the trades directories
as selling jewellery, watches and china in 1916,
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 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.
The Barnwells were members of the Matlock United Reformed Church. 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
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).
hyperlinks are to transcripts and images elsewhere on this website):
 Mr. Barnwell placed an advertisement
AutoChrome Album of Matlock & District".
View the images inside the front cover.
 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.
 "Derby Daily Telegraph",
19 April 1887.
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.
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.