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High Tor Guest House



One of many views of High Tor, but this pretty card also includes Tor Cottage, which later became the High Tor Hotel. At the bottom of the driveway is the former coach house to Tor Cottage. The large doors to accommodate the carriages can be seen[1]. A wheelwright's is on the strip of land next to the river; this was, for many years during the nineteenth century, run by the Martin family who lived in one of the houses opposite[2].

In 1891 the Tophams were still at Tor House[3]. By 1901 the Heys were at the big house and the coachhouse was not mentioned so was probably uninhabited. The Taylors were at 1 Tor Cliff Cottages and Lydia Ramshall, the widow of the Matlock Bath policeman who investigated the Morrall murder, was at No.2[4]. Lydia went on to marrry Henry Martin. The two houses mentioned are the pair on the bottom right of the postcard that join onto the coach house.


"High Tor, Matlock" is from the W R & S Reliable Series, No.5115. Posted on 13 Oct 1904 in Derby and sent to Miss Waller, Anderby near Hertford. Message not related to the view.
In the collection of, provided by and © Pauline Jordan.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links go to transcripts elsewhere on this web site):

[1] The coach house is now a family home, but in its time it was used as a shop by Harry Briddon (plumbing and fireplaces) and by Eddie Beardsley, who sold antiques there, amongst others.

[2] See Nineteenth Century Trade Directories and in the census, for example the 1871 census of Matlock Dale.

[2] 1891 census.

[2] 1901 census.