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Dec 2014 New pages:
Matlock: Smedley's Christmas Banquet Menu, 1928. Another beautifully produced menu, very kindly provided by Malcolm Reynard.
Nov 2014 New pages:
1. Matlock: Joseph Allen and Sons Garage, Crown Square. The Allens owned the large garage, with shops and living quarters, from 1916 and their cab, taxi and funeral business operated from there. Based on the extensive notes and research of David Midgley with accompanying photographs very generously provided by Celia Dyson and David Midgley.
2. The Allen Family of Dimple Farm, Matlock. This hard working family moved into the farm around 1897 and afterwards their business became extremely successful. Also with material from David and Celia.

With thanks to Judy Cooper for her images:
3. Matlock: Belle Vue Hydro, about 1903. Established as a Hydro in 1860, Belle Vue used John Smedley's mild water cure treatments.
4. Matlock: The Lime Tree, Lime Tree Hill, 1920s. A large lime tree stood on Matlock Bank for several centuries.
Additions to:
1. The Matlocks UDC Fire Brigade, 1925-30. The names of those who were firemen in 1903 have now been added.
Oct 2014 New pages:
1. "Smedley's Hydro". An article by Geoffrey Saunders, writing under the pseudonym of Geoffrey Demdike, and published in the Coventry Umbrella Club magazine in 1958. With thanks for Jim Runnalls for providing the article.
2. Matlock: Visitors to the Hydros, Mr. George Knowles. George Knowles, who had emigrated to the US in the 1860s, visited Rockside Hydro in 1905 and 1906. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
3. Matlock: All Saints' Schoolboys, 1904. Ninety schoolboys. With thanks to Judith Clay.
4. Matlock: The Staff of Burgon's, Crown Square, 1912-14. With thanks to Judith Clay.
Sep 2014 Additions to:
1. Matlock Modern School: Monthly Letter, March, 1935. Now with 1934 advertisement. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
Aug 2014 New pages:
Images 2 & 3 from Harry Salt, with many thanks.
Image 4 with thanks to Susan Tomlinson.

1. A new index, called In Remembrance, has been created to reflect the interest in the First and Second World Wars and bring together all the information on the subject within this website. The information itself has not moved, but has been made easier to access.
2. Matlock: Dale Road, 1949. The view from the Picture Palace.
3. Rockside Hydro, Matlock : Kitchen Staff , 1920-25
4. Matlock: Bank Road (7), 1901-1905. Bank Road, with a view of Masson. Includes Yew Tree House
5. Matlock Bath: Derwent Gardens from the River Derwent. Three images from the first decade of the twentieth century and a business card from the late 1930s. One image with thanks to Geoff Hardy.
6. Matlock Bath: North Parade & Waterloo Road. Edwardian postcard, dating from between 1901 and 1905, showing properties on the Parade and the hillside above.
Additions to:
1. Matlock: The Miniature Railway on the Hall Leys now includes some photographs generously provided by Bryan 'Smudger' Smith and information about the whereabouts of one of the original locomotives.
2. Matlock's War Memorial, After the Unveiling Ceremony. A third image has been added.
3. Matlock Bath: Derwent Gardens - The Switchback, (2) Adrenalin Rush. A 1903 image of the northern end of the Derwent Gardens has been added.
4. Matlock Bath: High Tor, Switzerland View. Two more cards, and a detail of one of them that shows the houses in the valley below High Tor and dates from 1892.
5. Jubilee Bridge and Derwent, Matlock Bath. A third version of the 1907 image of the bridge has been added.
July 2014 Additions to:
1. Visitors to Matlock Bath - Travelling by Motor Charabanc. A photograph of a group from either Walsall or Wolverhampton has very kindly been provided by Sue Toms.

2. The War Memorials.
As it is almost 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War all the pages in this section of the site about the casualties have additional information, researched by the web mistress unless it names someone else,. Click on the War Memorials link above or on more specific pages:
i. Names on Matlock's War Memorial : Surnames A - J
- Now has a photograph of John Thomas Allen, with thanks to Celia Dyson and to David Midgley for providing more information about their relative. Also two photos of the Rouen Cemetery, where three Matlock casualties are buried, taken by Colin Lunt. Plus gravestone of John CLAY
- More material on many surnames but especially ALLEN | ARKWRIGHT (also on Starkholmes) | BAGSHAW | BARNES | CAMPBELL | CHECKLEY | DAKIN | ELSE | FLETCHER | GIBB | GREGORY | HALLAM | HANDLEY | HAYES | HOLMES-BOWER | HOLMES.
- Harry L Grey has also been identified, although the web mistress is awaiting confirmation of his burial or commemoration location.
ii. Names on Matlock's War Memorial : Surnames K - W
- There is a photograph of Sydney LILL, kindly provided by Paul Lill and his family.
- More material on the many surnames but especially KERSEY | KNOWLES | LOVELL | MILLS | PARTRIDGE | RAWSON | READ | STATHAM | SWINSCOE | TOMLINSON | THOMSON | TOPLIS | WARD | WHEATCROFT | WHERRETT | WHITE | WILSON | WOODHOUSE | WOODIWISS | WOLLEY
iii. Matlock Bath's Memorial.
- See FINNEY in particular. Also gravestone of John CLAY (he is on both Matlock and Matlock Bath memorials).
iv. Matlock's WW1 Casualties Not Listed on the Memorial
- Again, additional information added, but in particular to FEARN | HAMILTON | HANDLEY
May 2014
 
The Vernon Lamb Archive,
A Unique Photographic Record of Matlock and District, 1910-1915, and World War One Soldiers


A major new section, presented like a photo gallery and containing 555 photographs.
With a huge thank you to Robert White.

- About the Archive
- Vernon Lamb, photographer, and his family
- Matlock & District soldiers in the same regiment

And indexes to the sub-sections:
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Children, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Commercial: quarry, shops, hydros (without people) and other businesses, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Cycles, Cars and Other Transport, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Events: District - Darley Dale and Tansley, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Events: Matlock, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Groups: Formal and Informal, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Groups: Family, not taken in the studio, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Hydros and Convalescing: Bank House (later Wyvern House), Chatsworth (Jeff's Poplar), Jackson House, Oldham House, Smedley's, Derby & Derbyshire Convalescent Home, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, People in Uniform - Non-Military: bands, firemen, church lads' brigade, scouts, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Places: A church, houses and farms, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Rural Life, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Sports & Sports Clubs, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Singles & Couples, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Studio Portraits, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Weddings and Christenings, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Working Men and Women, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, World War One Recruits: Before the Conflict. National Reservists and Matlock Patriots, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, The Vernon Lamb Archive, World War One Soldiers, Groups of 1, 2 or 3. Portraits to send home to the family - mostly Sherwood Foresters, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, World War One Soldiers: Mostly Sherwood Foresters. Groups of men in the early stages of the War, Index
- The Vernon Lamb Archive, Groups - with Civilians: With the family, at the billet, etc.

Additions to:
1. Matlock Training College staff and students 1955. Further names have been supplied by Sybil Overton (nee Prole) and friends, with grateful thanks.
2. Newspaper Cuttings: Now includes BENN, BINNS, DELAVAL, HAYNES, HODGKINSON, WOLLEY. Second Reference added for ARKWRIGHT, CUMMING. Three more for MORRALL.
Apr 2014 New pages:
1. Matlock: Crown Square, looking south west, 1945-52.
2. Matlock Bath from the Heights of Jacob, 1908-1914. Three postcards, taken from high up on the Heights of Jacobs. The view looks down on Matlock Bath, and towards High Tor and Matlock Bank as well as the hillside of Starkholmes and Riber. Two of the postcards were previously on "Matlock Bath from the Heights of Jacob, 1911" and "Matlock Bath from Heights of Jacob, about 1912", though the images have been re-scanned. The research on those pages has been re-written and the two pages have now been deleted.
3. Matlock Dale: St. John's Church, Cliff Road (1). Two images.
4. Matlock: Riber Hall, 1926. Pen and ink drawing of the Hall.
Additions to:
1. Matlock Bath: Views from Waterloo Road, 1920s - 1940s. The original image has been re-scanned and two more sepia cards have been added (part of one of which has been enlarged). The page has also been re-written.
2. Matlock Bath: The Old Pavilion - the Palais Royal. Image of the front of the Pavilion added.
3. Matlock Dale: St. John's Church, Cliff Road (2). Now mentions a 1912 landslip in the Dale.
Moved:
1. Matlock Bath from the Palais Royal (Old Pavilion) has been moved to the 18th and 19th century images and the file renamed.
Mar 2014 New pages:
Items 1 and 2 with thanks to Ken Smith.
Items 3, 4 and 5 with thanks to Susan Tomlinson.

1. Matlock Bath: Royal Hotel Obelisk, Donkeys for Hire. A nineteenth century stereoview.
2. Matlock Bath: Dale Road, Stereoview. Tor House and other property near the colour works.
3. Matlock Bath: Masson Mill from Harp Edge, about 1900. Masson Mill before it was altered.
4. Matlock: Knowleston Place, 1862. Vignette of Knowleston Place engraved for the London publishers Rock & Co.
5. Matlock: Bank Road (8), with Masson Hill, early 1930s. The shops and houses on Bank Road, just above the Orchard Road turning where Bank Road is at its widest.
6. Matlock: Lilybank Hydro, 1930s. Painting published as a postcard and an advertisement.
7. Matlock: Lilybank Hydro, 1950s. Multi view postcard and an advertisement.
Additions to:
1. Matlock: The Derwent, about 1910, & the Sewerage Scheme. An additional view from the bridge, now with information about the implementation of the Matlock Sewerage Scheme. Also title changed slightly.
2. Matlock: The Bridge. A second view of the bridge, just after it was widened at the beginning of the twentieth century.
3. Matlock: Hall Leys, 1914. Second postcard added, this one showing croquet being played. The two cards have consecutive numbers. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
4. Matlock: Hall Lees Park, Boating on the Derwent, 1930s. A fourth image has been added, taken from Matlock Bridge, but showing the boating station. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
5. Matlock Bath: Derby Road, Dyson and Clough's Garage, 1930s. Two more photographs, with thanks to Ken Smith.
6. Matlock Bath: Venetian Fete (now Venetian Nights), decorated boats. Now includes a postcard [1960s?] of boats moored at the Pavilion landing stage.
7. Whittaker's Bottling Plant, Dale Road, Matlock Bath. Additional images, from the 1920s or 1930s.
Feb 2014 New pages:
Items 2, 3, 4 and one of the images on 5 with thanks to Ken Smith.
Item 5 (second image) with thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
Items 6 and 7 with thanks to Jo Fenwick.

1. The Pig of Lead Inn, Via Gellia, Matlock Bath, 1903. The Pig of Lead, at one time called The Via Gellia Inn, "is a hostelry that reminds us that we have reached Bonsall".
2. Matlock Bath: The Clarence Hydropathic Establishment, Holme Road. Clarence House Hydropathic Hotel, a newly erected and commodious building opened in 1871
3. Matlock Dale: High Tor Grounds Entrance, about 1903. Opening ceremony of the suspension bridge over the River Derwent that connected the High Tor Grounds with the main road.
4. Matlock: Production in a Church Hall, 1950s. Can you help, please, to identify the venue, the event and the people.
5. Matlock: Starkholmes, Sheffield Works Societies' Convalescent Home. During the First World War the Sheffield Works Societies' had a Convalescent Home in Starkholmes.
6. Famous Derbyshire Health Resorts. The Matlocks, about 1892. Part 1. This paper backed booklet would have been given to guests of both the New Bath and the Royal hotels when Thomas Tyack was the proprietor of both establishments (part 1 of 2)
7. Famous Derbyshire Health Resorts. The Matlocks, about 1892. Part 2. (part 2 of 2)

Nineteenth Century Trade Directories. Over 1,000 additional names:
8. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1895) - Matlock Bank and Moor. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 242 names.
9. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1895) - Matlock Bridge. Private Residents and Commercial Premises- 170 names.
10. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1895) - Matlock Town & Matlock Green. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 67 names.
11. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1895) - Riber & Starkholmes. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 38 names.
12. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1899) - Matlock Bank and Moor. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 271 names.
13. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1899) - Matlock Bridge. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 182 names.
14. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1899) - Matlock Town & Matlock Green. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 63 names.
15. Kelly's Directory of the Counties of Derby, Notts, Leicester and Rutland (1899) - Riber & Starkholmes. Private Residents and Commercial Premises - 33 names.

16. Matlock & Matlock Bath, Religious Census, 1851. Eleven places of public worship in Matlock, Matlock Bath, Scarthin and Starkholmes completed a return for The Religious Census of 1851. With thank to Rosemary Lockie for suggesting including this.
Additions to:
1. Via Gellia, Derbyshire. A third postcard of the beautiful ravine of the Via Gellia, showing Five Lanes End after the demolition of the buildings at Rider Point.
2. Matlock: The Wishing Stone. A second image added, from around 1900-1910.
3. Matlock Bath: The Grand Pavilion, 1930s. Two more images, one of a busy weekend when the car park was full of vehicles and the other a more quiet scene. With thanks to Ken Smith and Susan Tomlinson.
4. Matlock: Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway. Now includes a photo of Job Smith
5. Matlock and Matlock Bath : Water Cures. Now includes a photo of John and Caroline Smedley. There are smaller photos of them on Matlock, Derbyshire (Riber Section) and on the pages showing etchings etc. published in their books.
6. Matlock & Matlock Bath: Churches and Chapels. Image of Matlock Moor Primitive Methodist Church, from Susan Tomlinson. Plus more about the opening of the Matlock United Wesleyan, the Matlock Moor Primitive Methodist and the first Starkholmes Primitive Methodist.
Jan 2014 New pages:
Items 1 and 2 to Elizabeth Brooking. Item 3 from Susan Tomlinson. With thanks

1. Matlock Bath: Cromford Court, FHA brochures for 1936 & 1951. Part of two brochures advertising Cromford Court (formerly Woodbank) as a holiday centre.
2. Matlock Bath: FHA Visitors to Cromford Court, 1933 onwards. Cromford Court (formerly Woodbank) was open throughout the year and was also used as a conference centre. Four photos, the first including the founder of FHA, C. H. White.
3. Matlock Bath: Derwent Terrace, 1892.
Additions to:
1. Chatsworth Hydro, Matlock. Two more images, one from Susan Tomlinson, and additional notes.
2. Matlock Bath: Woodbank, 1930s, when it became Cromford Court. Two more images have been added, probably taken in the 1940s and 1950s. With thanks to Elizabeth Brooking.
3. Photographers. Some additional information about Thomas Meredith Henshall, with thanks to David Cochrane.
4. Visitors to Matlock Bath - Queen Mary, 1913. Now includes a photo of the Blue John Vase presented to the Queen. With thanks to Ken Smith.
5. Books & Other Publications. A new book, "Cromford Revisited".