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Holy Trinity Church Interior,1907



The stone building on Brunswood Road was built in 1847 as the Vicarage for the incumbent of Holy Trinity Church, Matlock Bath. Reverend Baker and his family were the first occupants[1]. The last vicar to live there was Reverend Alfred Phibbs who accepted the living in 1934, moving from Bamford-cum-Burstall[2]. The vicarage moved to another, slightly smaller, property on Brunswood Road but eventually a modern vicarage was built close the church within the grounds of what had been the Royal Hotel.

There are a number of blocked up windows around the property. One can be seen on the first floor to the right of the main door and there are others on the side of the building. The web mistress always understood they were blocked up to reduce the number of windows in the property - so there would be less "Window Tax" to pay.

The former vicarage became a Country Club and the single storey extension on the right hand end was built as the Club's dining room. The web mistress remembers the grounds being decked out with bunting and stalls about 1953 for a summer fete involving the schoolchildren from Matlock Bath School who performed a series of Country Dances. In the mid 1950s it was taken over by the Youth Hostel association and catered for school parties, ramblers and walkers but then became a Probationary Service office. This postcard dates from its time as a youth hostel.

Matlock Bath & Scarthin Newspaper Cuttings, 1883 has a short article about the former Vicarage, when it was a less than sanitary home for the Vicar.
Matlock and Matlock Bath: Public Notices and Announcements, 1874 has details of an auction when Rev. Pelly left the property.


Published by YHA
Sent 2 Nov 1960 by a boy in a school party. He reported "We saw a lot of floods on the Tuesday. We got drenched. So far I have no fossils"
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews
Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Reverend William Gibb Barker was listed as the Curate of Matlock Bath in the 1851 census. He became the incumbent in 1842 and his name is show as the first vicar at Holy Trinity on boards in the church. He was also listed in local trade directories : Bagshaw's Directory 1846 | Kelly's Directory 1848 | White's Directory 1852.
[2] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 8 January 1934.