This slim booklet, "Souvenir of Matlock
Bath", was published by Boots Cash Chemists, possibly
about 1908 - 1910. Although it was essentially a guide booklet
for tourists, it was also a vehicle for advertising the chemist,
providing lists of the company's many branches. "Boots" was
a familiar presence for many years on Dale Road in Matlock and
the booklet would undoubtedly have been sold from the premises
(see page 18 and back cover, below). The company still has a
shop in Matlock, but it is now on Causeway Lane.
The images below are mostly of Matlock Bath and show many familiar
scenes, but they also include photographs of Matlock's St. Giles'
Church and Smedley's Hydro, Lumsdale, Cromford Church, Black
Rocks, Darley Dale Church, Dovedale, Lea Hurst, Wingfield Manor
and Whitworth Hospital.
People or families mentioned in the text include John Smedley
(p.2), Sir Joseph Whitworth (p.7, p.17), Florence Nightingale
(p.10), the Arkwrights (p.11), Sir George Newnes (p.11), Jesse
Boot (p.16 and back cover) and Mary Queen of Scots (p.17).
Boots also produced a series of postcards before the First World
War called the "Pelham" series, which were printed
for them in Prussia. Some of the cards can be found elsewhere
on this website - see, for example, Matlock,
Just Images | Matlock
Bath, Just Images | Matlock
Dale, Just Images.
Cover of the Sixth Edition, which is slightly different
from the Front Cover above.
The Sixth Edition includes a quote from "Truth",