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Stanley Clough also took photographs

South Parade and Pitchings (Le Blanc Smith)

Dyson and Clough's Matlock Bath Filling Station on Derby Road was originally owned by Mr. Guy Le Blanc Smith. He sold it to Messrs. Dyson and Clough in 1930 and they subsequently enlarged the premises[1]. The garage replaced some old buildings called Win Tor that were between Bath Terrace and Derby Road. A postcard on this site shows the Win Tor buildings partly demolished - see Matlock Bath from Cat Tor.

Stanley Beecroft Clough, one of the two owners of the garage, was born in Horsforth, Yorkshire, in 1898[2]. His father was a Commission Wool Merchant in Bradford and he and his wife moved to Guilderoy (west) in 1930 when Thomas closed his business there[3], presumably bringing Stanley with them. Mr. Clough's partner at the garage was Harold Dyson[4]. The top photograph, which dates from the 1930s, almost certainly shows Mr. Dyson behind one of the petrol pumps on the forecourt.

In 1933, following a heat wave, there was a flurry of excitement at the filling station as Messrs. Dyson and Clough were reported to have caught a scorpion on their premises. It was described as something like a wasp but four times bigger and was said to have two stings, one of which was three-quarters of an inch long. It was also said to have had a hard, scaly body[5].

The company, Dyson and Clough Limited, was eventually wound up in 1965 and liquidators were appointed on 23rd September of that year[6].

"Appointment" card dating from before 1940[6].

Enlargement of the picture on the Appointment card.

Harold Dyson and Stanley Clough are standing behind the motor cyclists, slightly right of centre.
They are both wearing what would have been a coat / overall, possibly light brown. The motor cyclists would have been members of the Matlock Motor Cycle and Light Car Club.

Below is a photograph of Matlock Bath Filling Station, also dating from before 1940[7].
It shows the corner of the old Hartle's Bazaar building, which was demolished in the 1930s.

Is this Mr. Clough or Mr. Dyson?

The final photograph is of Harold Dyson

All photographs, apart from the fourth one down, and the appointment card are in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Fourth photograph down in the collection of, provided by © Ann Andrews
Images scanned for this website and information written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Recollections of the late Mr. Frank Clay, from private papers and notes owned by Mrs. Doreen Buxton, some of which were written in 1992 and are still within copyright.

[2] Information from the 1901 census. Dyson and Clough first advertised as proprietors of Matlock Bath Filling Station in Kelly's Directory, 1932, though Mr. Dyson's name was mis-spelt. Mr. Clough's MI is on this web site

[3] "Bradford Observer", 31 July 1937. Bradford Man's Death. Mr. Thomas Clough's Fatal Collapse ( with obituary). Thomas Clough also advertised in Kelly's Directory of 1932. Other information from the London Gazette. Guilderoy was still his address when he died on 30th Sep 1937 and he was survived by his wife, Ada Frances Clough, who died in 1939.

[4] "ibid.,", 31 July 1937. Harold Dyson was described as "a Bradford man" in Thomas Clough's obituary. Mr. Dyson's MI is on this web site.

[5] "Derbyshire Times", 22 July 1933.

[6] Information from The London Gazette.

[7] The building was demolished before 1940. From a conversation with Ken Smith.