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This is one of two photographs, taken in the early twentieth century, of the buildings opposite Masson Mill (also see the next image). This picture shows the three stone built cottages of Fairview Terrace, next to them is Boston House and then is the Rutland Arms. Masson Terrace is a little further along Derby Road and some buildings within the Masson Mill complex can be seen on the right.

The householder of No 3 Fairview Terrace is watching the cameraman; he is possibly Albert Morris[1]. The Banner outside Boston House, that is fluttering in the breeze, is advertising Beds | Matlock Bath | Rest | [Unreadable word] | Teas.

The last owner occupiers of Boston House, or 100 Derby Road, were the Green family who had run the business for two generations. Their property was compulsorily purchased so the road could be widened and they left Matlock Bath in 1971. Paul Green recalls the Rutland Arms being empty when they left.

The first recorded licensee of the Rutland Arms was Annis Hill[2] who was followed almost immediately by Henry John Tijou[3]; the last was Oswald Whittaker who left the pub when it was also demolished for road widening.

Adam described the Rutland Arms as "lately built" in 1840[2]. In Mr. Tijou's time a concert took place at the hostelry and "the principal performers belonged to his Grace the Duke of Devonshire's Buxton band[4]". When, in 1860, the property was advertised to let by Mr Poyser, the Wirksworth auctioneer, he described it as an old established and well accustomed Inn and Posting House ... with Stables, Coach-houses, Outbuildings and Garden. Rent and valuation low. The Furniture, &c., may be taken at valuation if wished[5]". Just a year later the Rutland Arms was again advertised for letting. "Mr William Pearson, the owner, retiring from the business[6]". At the same time Mr. Pearson was selling "various lots on the Turnpike Road ... with views of the River Derwent and the Willersley Rocks[6]".

There were quite a few landlords of the Rutland Arms in the years between Messrs. Hill's and Whittaker's occupation of the premises. Several are listed in transcripts of trade directories and census returns that are elsewhere on this website.


Postcard published unknown and no postal date
In the collection of, provided by, researched by and written by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links go to on site transcripts):

[1] See the 1901 census transcripts on this website
[2] Adam, W. (1840) "The Gem of the Peak" London; Longman & Co., Paternoster Row
[3] Henry Tijou is named in the 1841 census. Also see Pigot's Directory, 1842 | Bagshaw's 1846 Directory
[4] "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday, December 7, 1842
[5] "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday, April 4, 1860
[6] "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday, March 27, 1861