|Matlock: Visitors to the Hydros, Mr.
|People who lived in the Matlocks : Photographs,
Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
The recipient of these three cards was Alfred Knowles Ludlam, a surgeon
living at 24 Trafford Road, Salford in 1903.
They were sent to him by his uncle G.K., whom we have identified as
George Knowles. George Knowles emigrated to the United States on 12
He appears to have visited Matlock at least twice as the first card
(above) was posted at Matlock on 8 Jul 1905 whilst he was staying at
Rockside Hydro and the middle card of the three was posted in the town
on 2 Jul 1906. He was probably staying at Rockside once more, but the
card's message doesn't tell us that. As the bottom card was posted
in Delano, FLA (Florida), USA on 19 January 1906 it is likely he had
returned home in between times.
Enlargement of the card below. It was possibly taken in the Unites States.
Of interest is the American looking gentleman behind George Knowles.
Also note the flat pillar behind the man with the newspaper.
There is another
like it in the very last image.
Posted 2 Jul 1906 at Matlock
So who was George Knowles and how was he connected to Matlock, other than
as a visitor?
He was born at Brampton and christened on 30 Jun 1830 at
St. Thomas' Church but
his family were connected to the Knowles family of Matlock.
George's parents were Luke Knowles and his wife Eliza (nee Goodall);
Luke was an earthenware manufacturer and coal master who ran the New
Brampton firm of Payne pottery.
It isn't clear when Luke settled in Brampton but he had been christened
at Matlock St. Giles in 1800;
Luke's brother, Job, lived on Matlock Bank and owned quite a lot of land.
George Knowles was living with his parents in 1841, but he married Rebecca
Middleton in 1850 and the last record of him living in the U.K. was in
1861 when he and Rebecca were on Baslow Road, Brampton with their
children George H (5) and Eliza (3).
George had followed in his father's footsteps and was also an earthenware
manufacturer. We have been unable to find
any records of a passport application or details of his emigration but
the 1880 US census shows him working in the "Pottery
Business" and living at Trenton, Mercer, New Jersey.
He was head of the Millington-Asbury Pottery Company at Trenton for 21
years and later built the Enterprise Pottery Company, also in Trenton.
Following his retirement from manufacturing pottery he began to import
china and ball clays and was considered to be a pioneer in this. He lived
in Columbiana for 25 years and died at his home in East Liverpool on
10 Mar 1919. He was buried two days later.
His wife had pre-deceased him.
Posted Delano, FLA (Florida), USA 19 January 1906
All three images © Susan Tomlinson collection.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
References (coloured links
are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):
 "Slater's Manchester,
Salford & Suburban
Directory", 1903. He was listed as Alfred K in the 1901 census
and s Alfred Knowles in both 1891 and 1911. The 1891 census indicates
he was born at Chesterfield, although this wasn't the case, and says
he was someone's nephew! Alfred Knowles Ludlam / Ludlum was born at Brierley
Hills. In 1881 he was in Salford and living with his uncle Henry Knowles,
a married physician and surgeon who was born in Brampton.
 "East Liverpool Evening Review"-
East Liverpool, Ohio, 10 March 1919. Death Roll, George Knowles, Sr.
He died at 903 Avondale Street of "infirmities intendent upon old
age". Two sons, Frank M. Knowles of Avondale street,
and George H. Knowles, Jr., of Trenton, N. J. survived him.
 See the baptism
of Luke Knowles | Strays (L) which
confirms his birthplace in Matlock in the 1851 census | Will
calendars (of father George). Luke Knowles is mentioned under Brampton, or Brampton
Moor, in trade directories from Glover, Directory of Derbyshire, 1829
to the Post Office Directory of Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire,
1855. He died in 1857.
 References to Job Knowles include the
1841 census | the 1851
census | the 1861
census | the 1871
census | Wills Calendar | Owners
of Land | Great Matlock Will Case
 In 1841 Luke and Eliza were living with seven
children, including George, and a servant at Brampton Low Moor. In the
1851 George was living in his own house, though his wife was visiting
Stubbin, Hoyland Nether.
 Family Search (IGI). By 1880 George and
Rebecca had two more sons. Another nephew, James L Ludlam was living
with them, also employed in the Pottery business.
 Family Search (IGI). The U.S. record of his
burial provided a birth date a year later than his U.K. baptism and the
wrong Christian name for his mother, but it is undoubtedly the same man.