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Nov 2018 New page:
1. Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment Matlock, Brochure, 1939. It had the misfortune to be published just before the outbreak of war, when Smedley's was requisitioned. With thanks to Ray Ash
1. Matlock Bath: The White family of Bonsall, Scarthin & Matlock, about 1908. Charles White, his wife and 6 children moved from Bonsall to Scarthin in 1905. With thanks to Alan Flint.
Additions to:
1. Whittaker's Tordale Bottling Plant, Dale Road, Matlock Bath - Labels. The page has been redesigned.
Additions to:
1. Matlock: Smedley's Hydro, The Inter-War Years. An image of the hydro from 1939.
2. Matlock Bath: Great Rutland Cavern, Old Oak Tree & Roman Staircase. Two additional postcards.
3. Matlock Bath: Promenade & Memorial, 1920s and 1930s - two more images added.
4. MIs - two more MIs for the FERN surname, plus a photo. With thanks to Tony Fern.
Oct 2018 Additions to:
1. Matlock Bath: River Derwent from Scarthin Rock. A second view from the south end of the River Derwent, showing Harp Edge and Woodbank from Scarthin Rock.
Sep 2018 New page:
1. Matlock Bath: Old Bath Hotel Engraving, 1776. A thermal spring was discovered here in 1696. The Old Bath Hotel was developed for those seeking the curative powers of the spring water.
Additions to:
1. Matlock St Giles' Church Baptisms, 1660 - 1671. Several more years added, with 296 new entries. Transcribed by the web mistress.
2. Matlock Bath: Illuminations & Venetian Fête in the 1950s. Two programme covers added
3. Matlock Bath: Venetian Fête (now Venetian Nights), decorated boats. Picture of prize winning boat (no date) added.
4. Matlock Bath: Woodbank (Cromford Court), 1912, exterior. Another image added.
Aug 2018 New page:
1. Matlock: Smedley's Hydro Prospectus, 1885-6. Small folding brochure, with details of the hydropathic establishment.
Jul 2018 New pages:
1. Matlock: Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment - Smoking Room. Whilst John Smedley disapproved of smoking, eighteen years after his death the hydro's management installed a smoke room.
2. Matlock St Giles' Church Baptisms, 1660 - 1671. So far Apr 1660 to July 1663 completed, with 110 names added.
Changes to Find a Name are now complete, proving more information to aid searches.
Jun 2018 Additions to:
1. Matlock Bath: The Grand Pavilion, 1920s. Fourth image, dating from 1927.
Apr 2018 Additions to:
1. Matlock: The Wishing Stone. Another image added.
Mar 2016 New pages:
1. Matlock: The Dale, The Heights, High Tor & the Quarry, 1920s. View of the entrance to the dale. 2 images, one an enlargement of the main image.
2. Matlock Bath: From the Heights of Abraham, The Changing Landscape. South Parade, with views of both Pavilions and the Royal Hotel in the 1920s. Two images.
3. Matlock Bath: From the Heights of Abraham, the Changed Landscape. Post World War Two, showing that only part of the former Royal Hotel remained and evidence of the Army's occupation in the village during that war. Two images.
The Find A Name section is being updated, though it will take a while. Longer link names are being added to assist navigation.
Feb 2018 New page:
1. Documents Relating to Matlock, Duchy of Lancaster Court Rolls from the reigns of James I and Charles I.
2. Matlock Bath: From the Heights of Abraham to Crich Stand & Beyond. Wonderful view from high up on Masson looking towards Crich and southwards.
Additions to:
1. Biographies. Updates to existing.
2. Matlock & District Amateur Operatic Society, Productions 1907-69. 1949 programme cover, from Susan Tomlinson.
Jan 2018 New page:
1. Matlock Bank from High Tor, 1920s. There was still not a great deal of development in the area around Woolley Road and Imperial Road in the early 1920s. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson for the very helpful input.
2. Matlock Bath: Dale Road, the County & Station and Holmefield House. The Midland Restaurant was on the ground floor of Holmfield House.
Additions to:

1. Matlock Bath from Lovers' Walk, 1779. More info added
2. Matlock Bath, 1806. An enlargement of part of the main image has been added and more information.
3. Matlock Bath from the Temple House, 1810. More info added.
4. Matlock Bath: Adam & Co., Royal Museum Advertisement, 1840. Now with enlargement of the Museum
5. Matlock Bath: Ashfield, originally The Villa. More info
6. Matlock Bath: Fish Pond Stables, Providence Mine & the Mud Heap. A little more background info has been .added and a postcard.
7. Matlock Bath: Dale Road & The Heights of Abraham, about 1948. Includes two advertisements for Dale Road businesses.
8. Matlock Bath: Derwent Gardens - from Lovers Walks, before 1905, which shows the southern end of the switchback, has an additional image and more information.
9. Matlock Bath: Derwent Gardens - The Café (2). A memorial card for Mrs. Boden has been added. Will grateful thanks to her grandson, Geoff Hardy.
10. Matlock Bath: Lover's Walk, Riverside Path. A sepia image, from 1886, has been added.
12. Matlock Bath : Lovers' Walks and River Derwent. Enlargement of a section to show the Switchback's main building.
13. Matlock Bath: On the Lovers' Walk - and the Ferry, 1900. Enlargement of a section to show the ferry boat. Also more info.
14. Matlock - looking towards Hackney, early 20th Century now has info about the road before it became Wolley Road and an additional picture, enlarged from the main image.
15. Phœbe Bown (1771 - 1854). A quote from Hutchinson (1810) has now been added to clarify what he actually wrote about her.
16. Water Cures. The section about the Spa of Matlock Bath has been added to.
17. Matlock & Matlock Bath Miscellany, some additions including image links.