The three storey building closest to the camera, situated on
a narrow strip of land between Bath Terrace and what used to
be called the Matlock and Buxton Turnpike Road (Derby Road),
was where Robert Hartle lived in the nineteenth
Hartle, a comb manufacturer who was born in Bonsall, also ran
a spar and marble museum on the premises.
An auctioneer's sale advertisement from 1847 described the property
as having a "show-room, out buildings, small garden and
the appurtenances thereto belonging";
at the time it was in the tenure or occupation of Mr. Hartle
who held a lease for 21 years, "eleven years whereof are
unexpired at the annual yearly rent of £15".
By 1855, when the property was advertised again, there were only
two years of the lease remaining but Mr. Hartle continued to
live there well after the expiry date and
the building was still referred to as "Hartle's" as
late as 1886. When
the web mistress was small there was very little left of the
museum building apart from a few crumbling walls just above soil
level. It was demolished in the 1930s.
The photograph also shows the remains of another building which
was known as Win Tor.
My late father described it: "The
building [I was born in] has been demolished in pursuit of road
widening. It was situated on the A6 road between the present
approach to the New Bath Hotel and Clifton Road. There were two
cottages and on the ground floor was a blacksmith's".
Behind Hartle's is Portland House, originally called Wint House.
The road junction on the left just beyond Hartle's leads to Clifton
Road and opposite the junction is a small shop that was run by
Edith Brocklehurst about 1900. Matlock Bath's Holy Trinity Church
can also be seen.
Advertisement for Hartle's Museum,
Matlock Bath from Hall's "Days
in Derbyshire", 1863