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High Tor, Switzerland View
(scroll down to bottom image for another view of Heath Bank)


Heath Bank is one of a pair of mid-Victorian detached red brick villas which face High Tor. They are not quite the same as the property to the right of Heath Bank (not in this picture) does not have the same large bay windows either side of the front door.

The first occupants of the house were almost certainly Thomas Henry Newbold and his family[1]. T. H. Newbold was a Matlock Bath solicitor and also the clerk to the magistrates at Matlock. Although he was still relatively young, Mr. Newbold resigned from his position as clerk to the magistrates in 1886[2] and retired altogether in 1888. He and his family then moved to Nottingham, where he died in 1893[3].

John Adams Wheatcroft was the next person to live in the house[4]. He was followed by David Palmer Pearson and his sister[5]. In March 1900 a complaint by the pair about the council workmen tipping road dirt onto the river bank opposite Hazel Grove rather backfired when Mr. Pearson was caught tipping household refuse onto the riverbank opposite his house[6]. Judging by state of the verge over the road from the house someone might have been tipping.

The Alcocks were at Heath Bank in 1918[76], Wm. Percy Smith in 1924[8] and then Mrs. Elizabeth Moore took over the 8 bedroom house, advertising it as an ideal holiday house, pleasantly situated and with good cooking[9]. Later in the Second World War M. H. Herd lived there[10].



"Heath Bank, Matlock Bath". No published but postal rates of Inland 1/2d, Foreign 1d. Not posted.
2. Advertisement from "The Matlocks, Derbyshire. Official Guide". Issued by the Come to Derbyshire Association, published 1930s.
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] Mr. Newbold advertised in Kelly's 1864 Directory and Kelly's 1876 Directory. The family can be found living at the property in the 1871 census and the 1881 census. The earliest reference to Thomas was in the 1841 census.
[2] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 27 March 1886.
[3] "Derby Mercury", 27 September 1893. Also see Strays, Surnames N (1891 census entries)
[4] "Derbyshire Times", 20 September 1890 records J. Wheatcroft at Heath Bank and he advertised in Kelly's 1891 Directory but was not there in the census for that year although his wife was living at the house. See Strays, Surnames W.
[5] David Palmer Pearson was letting apartments at Heath Bank in Kelly's 1895 Directory and Kelly's 1899 Directory. Also see the 1901 census. He married, moved to the property next door (Hilderstone), and died in 1932.
[6] "Derbyshire Times", 17 March 1900.
[7] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 18 January 1918. Announcement of daughter's marriage.
[8] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 15 May 1924
[9] "Derbyshire Times", 14 July 1928. Advertisement "Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer", 12 September 1931. Sale notice "Derbyshire Times", 9 October 1942.
[10] "Derbyshire Times", 7 April 1944.