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Place: Lea, Matlock
Property / Street / Road: Three Horse Shoes Public House, Lea Road
Date: 1910 - 1914
Description/Historical Information: Motor charabanc group, men and boys outside the pub. Its sign is unreadable, unfortunately, but the landlord was John William Holmes. In the 1911 census, aged 38, he kept the Post Office in Lea but also worked as a domestic gardener. He took over the Three Horse Shoes from George Wragg who, by 1911, had been the publican for at least twelve years. The group were members of the Lea Amateurs football team and their supporters, who had hired both vehicles to take them to a cup match at Ashbourne. Lea Amateurs were in Division II of Matlock and District League in March 1911. There is a slightly different version of this photograph that was published in Dales Echo of 20 May 1998, which shows that the charabanc was a Napier, reg. R224-. It was owned by Hands of Matlock. Was the driver a Brookhouse? Also see VLA4960, which was photographed on the same day and can be seen queued up behind the first vehicle. The light coloured charabanc is another Hand's Napier, reg. R 1693.
Further information
elsewhere on this site:
- Visitors to Matlock Bath - Travelling by Motor Charabanc
- Matlock: Hand's Garage, Crown Square
- The pub is listed in Kelly's Directory of Dethick, Lea & Holloway (transcript) elsewhere on this web site.
- It is mentioned in the guide book Hall's "Day's in Derbyshire" (1863)
Elsewhere on the internet: - Google Maps, Lea Main Road today. The building is no longer used as a pub.
Image Reference: VLA4934
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