"SLALEY, a small hamlet, half a mile S. from Bonsall,
is principally occupied by miners, each of whom occupy a few
acres of land".
Here are three family photographs of Slaley, taken just under
eighty years after the above description of the hamlet was
published. Above is Black Tor Road (although Slaley Lane is
written on the back), taken from Plum Tree Cottage in 1935.The
gateway to Slaley Hall can be seen on the right.
Below is a photograph
of Plum Tree Cottage and was taken at approximately the same
The third photograph (below) is of Hillside Cottage, which
is quite close to the centre of the hamlet. Both Plum Tree
and Hillside cottages were built of natural limestone and
have dressed stone mullioned windows.
picture of Hillside Cottage was taken in early April 1933;
at that time the property was owned by Hilda Margaretta May
Walker, my great aunt, who had grown up in Bonsall. She owned
the property until she died in 1945 and family members were
frequent visitors. Many of Hilda's siblings were born in Bonsall,
including her brother Richard Arnold Walker, who died at Gallipoli.
Despite a request from his mother, the vicar of the time would
not include Arnold's name on Bonsall's war memorial. It is
an ommision to this day.
Hilda and one of her sisters can be seen
sorting out the garden. The garden walls were built using the
dry stone method, which is widely used in the area.
Elsewhere on this web site:
in Kelly's 1891 Directory
1828-9 Directory, with Matlock, Matlock Bath and Darley includes Bonsall names
1831 Directory, with Matlock and Matlock Bath, includes Bonsall names
Directory, 1842, also with Matlock and Matlock Bath, includes