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Cromford, about 1773

A View in Crumford near Matlock Bath in Derby shire
one of "a Variety of Copper plate cuts, neatly engraved". Artist and engraver not known


The book that this image is from states that "Crumford is a small village, near Matlock, which has a very romantic appearance" (quote from 2nd ed. dated 1776, see book reference below). It mentions nothing of the newly built mill just down the road. An earlier image was published by John Boydell in 1749[1] but this picture shows more buildings had been erected in the interim.

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Vie of Matlock Bath 1776





River Derwent from Scarthin Rock





Enlargement of the bottom right hand corner.
The tall buildings in the distance, slightly left of centre, must be Cromford Mill.
Quite what the male who is sitting on the ground is doing is a mystery, but he seems to be just passing the time of day by looking at the water of Bonsall Brook.


 

The above engraving was published in "A New Display of the Beauties of England: or, A description of the most elegant or magnificent public edifices, royal palaces, noblemen's and gentlemen's seats, and other curiosities, natural or artificial, in different parts of the kingdom ..." Published London: R. Goadby, 1773, 1774 in 2 vols. The 2nd ed. published 1776. This engraving from Vol. 1 P[late].161.
In the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] See the Boydell image and a fuller description in the book: Buxton, Doreen and Charlton, Christopher (November 2013) "Cromford Revisited", The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site Educational Trust. ISBN 978-0-9541940-6-2.



Cromford is mentioned in the following on-site transcripts:


Derbyshire's Parishes, 1811, Parishes C - D, which has more about the village.
Kelly's 1891 Directory, Cromford
Cromford, Derbyshire: A collection of more trades directory transcripts

The Wolley Manuscripts, Derbyshire, Places C - E.
The Wolley Manuscripts, Matlock, Place Names C - F.