To advertise the occupations of those working below, a
bicycle wheel that rotated in the wind was fixed to the
roof of the workshop in Green Lane, just off South Parade.
The Ashbys, father and son, made bicycles;
their name is on the signboard straddling the lane and
the 1903 advertisement, below, says they made the Gladiator
Cycle. The father and son team were also Cycle and Motor
provided accommodation for cyclists in the left hand
portion of the building, with the garage in the middle under
the arch. They had "Dunlop Tyres In Stock", according
to the sign in the foreground.
Frederick Ashby senior was a former farmer from Lincolnshire.
Unfortunately, his Matlock Bath business did not survive
and at the end of 1907 there was a Deed of Assignment for
the benefit of his Creditors.
If you were around in the 1950s this building is probably
better remembered as "The Singing Kettle" café,
though it had been rebuilt. There was a Cyclist's Touring
Club blue sign on the wall and a fish and chip shop at the
1. Postcard In the collection of, provided by and © Ken
2. Advertisement from "Abel Heywood's
Guide Books, With Cycling, Walking and Driving Routes.
Matlock Illustrated." (1903) Abel Heywood & Son,
Manchester & London.
Advertisement in the collection of, provided by and © Ann
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links go to on site transcripts):
 See the 1901
census transcript of Matlock Bath. He was also probably
the John Ashby advertising in Kelly's
This was the earliest they have been found in Matlock Bath
 London Gazette 13 March 1908
- creditors were required to sent in their debts or
claims. This was not uncommon with small businesses at that
time and many recovered from this, sometimes with the wife
taking over the business
 1891 census of England & Wales