At the beginning of the twentieth century company employees
from the cities of Manchester, Sheffield, Derby and Nottingham
would visit Matlock Bath on their annual "works
outing" dressed in their Sunday
best ; they would
have arrived and departed either by train or by charabanc.
Not all would have had a printed programme like the one shown
Vick, Ashworth and Co. were a printing firm based at at
Deanroad, Salford, and at 28, Kennedy-street, Manchester,
which must account for such an ornate programme. They were
Engravers and Copperplate and Lithographic Printers as well
as Stationers (both Wholesale & Manufacturing). They
also operated as Bookbinders and made Account Books.
The company seems to have been run by Howard Vick, William
Pearce and the Ashworth brothers, Arthur and Fred.
Inside - Itinerary and Menus
The day was well organised and the works' outing trippers
would have had a busy day, visiting Chatsworth
and Haddon after the very early lunch at 10.30a.m. in Bakewell.
Their evening dinner was held at Boden's restaurant. It
doesn't say whether it was the one by the ferry, which
did cater for picnic parties, or the large building next
to the Fish Pond, which was large enough to accommodate
quite big parties and is probably the more likely candidate.
Neither building exists today. After such a substantial
evening meal several of them must have fallen asleep on
their homeward journey!
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