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Dec 2019 New pages:
1. Matlock Bath: Visitors to Cliff House, 1906. A family group on the garden terrace, enjoying lovely summer weather.
Additions to:
1. Matlock & Matlock Bath: Inspiration of Poets. A few more have been found, including one about the hydropathic treatment at Matlock House and Mrs. Peters of Guilderoy laying the foundation stone at the Royal Pavilion.
2. Matlock Bath: Albion Hotel Restaurant, North Parade. A dinner given in 1903 for the Royal Italian Band is now mentioned.
3. Matlock Bath: Albion Hotel Restaurant, North Parade - Menu Card. Now includes an advertisement.
4. Matlock Bath: North Parade in the 1920s. Advertisement for Mr. Boden's Arcade Restaurant.
5. Matlock Bath: Lovers' Walks and the Band Stand. More about the popular Royal Italian Band, which Romolo Tinti played in.
Nov 2019 New pages:
1. Matlock: The Bridge (3). The traffic was changing in the first decade of the twentieth century. There were cars, some driven too fast, as well as horses and carts or wagons and the bridge was sometimes congested.
2. Matlock: The Bridge (4), and the Broad Walk. Old trees were felled in 1904 and the Broad Walk was re-planted. Two years earlier Charles Parlato entertained the crowds from a stage on the Hall Leys.
3. Matlock: The Bridge (05), late 1940s. A post war picture of the County Bridge and the stories of a few incidents connected with it.
4. Matlock Bath: The Ferry and Lovers' Walks. Stereoview of the ferry and other boats, taken by Alfred Seaman (19th century)
Additions to:
1. Matlock & Matlock Bath: Inspiration of Poets. The page has been updated and a poem by John Allen added as well as a second verse by Erasmus Darwin, commenting on Sir Richard Arkwright.
2. Matlock Dale: Views of High Tor, by Local Photographers. A CDV by John Latham has been added. This is probably the earliest photographic image of High Tor to be taken by a local photographer.
3. Matlock Bath: Venetian Fête (now Venetian Nights), decorated boats. 2018 photos of the boats, with thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
4. Flooding in the Matlocks. Photographs of the floods of 8 November, with grateful thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
5. Lead Mining in Matlock & Matlock Bath. Lead mining in the Bath Fields below Starkholmes in the 1950s has been added.
6. Matlock : General Views of Matlock Bank and Bridge, 1911-14. A second card, from the Bon Marche Series, added.
7. Matlock: General View from Jackson Tor, 1904-10, & Jackson House. Includes additional information about the football stand on the Hall Leys.
Oct 2019 New page:
1. Matlock: Smedley's Menus, 1930, 1931, 1932 and 1934. Four Christmas menus, the New Year Dinner Menu for 1930 and three programmes of the celebrations throughout the Christmas period. A total of seven new Christmas menus have been added this month ( see items 1, 2,3 in the October additions) as well as more New Year dinner cards and the entertainment programmes for the Christmas seasons. The designs are wonderful.
2. Matlock Dale: High Tor Grounds, Fern Cave. Thomas Carding's Fern Cave, High up on High Tor, was first opened for visitors in the mid 1860s.
Additions to:
1. Smedley's Christmas Banquet Menus, 1926 & 1927. Now includes 1927 Programme of Christmas Festivities.
2. Smedley's Christmas Banquet Menu, 1928 and 1929. Has been renamed because of the additions: a copy of 1928-9 events programme, the 1929 menu and the 1929-30 Christmas and New year programme are now on-site.
3. Matlock: Smedley's Menus, 1946, 1947, 1948 and 1949. 1947 Christmas Menus and New Year's Day menus for 1947 and 1948.
4. Matlock: The Winter Garden, Smedley's Hydro. A third postcard has been added.
5. Matlock: Hall Leys, Boating Lake. Image added dating from 1938, just a handful of years after the lake had opened.
6. Matlock High Torr &C, 1751 and 1776. A second image, from 1776, added as well as more info.
Sep 2019 New pages:
1. Burial transcripts have been added for the years 1637-1649 (273 names) | 1650-1659 (236) | 1660-69 (242 names) | 1699-1713 (96 names) | 1714-25 (38 names). These last two pages will be completed at a future date. Not all entries are now readable in this old register.
There are further additions to other pages in these early years that have not been counted.
1. Page redesign and further biographical additions, with many new links to existing material within the site:
Rectors of St. Giles Church, Matlock, 1300 - 1981+
2. Matlock Wills - Burial dates have been linked for all Wills up to and including 1699. Sometimes there are spelling variations between the name on the Will and the name in the Parish Register.
Jul 2019 New pages:
1. Matlock: Knowleston Gardens, Matlock Green, 1907. The ornamental gardens of Knowleston Place were bought by Matlock UDC from the estate of Henry Knowles.
2. Matlock: Snitterton Hall, 1909. A stone built Elizabethan manor house and its owners, from just before the Civil War.
Jun 2019 New pages:
1. Baptism transcripts have been added for the years 1637-1649 (371 names) | 1650-1659 (353 names). Not all entries are now readable in a register that will soon be 400 years old.
2. Pedigree of Hayward of Senior Field, Matlock & Carsington.
Additions to:
1. Baptism transcripts 1660 - 1671 (65 names) | 1684-1704 (58 new entries for 1669 and 1900 and 95 more have been re-checked and corrected).
2. Matlock & District Amateur Operatic Society, Productions 1907-69. 1968 and 1969 programme covers, from Susan Tomlinson.
3. R. Bagshaw has kindly provided photographs of the WW1 headstones of both Harry Bagshaw of Matlock and Dick Hardstaff of Matlock Bath who were buried in the same row of graves at Foncquevillers Military Cemetery in 1916.
May 2019 New page:
1. Matlock Dale: St. John's Church, Cliff Road (2). Two striking views of St. John's Church, posted in 1905. List of chaplains in charge. Another page was at this location, but it has now merged with another page in this section.
Additions to:
1. Matlock Dale: St. John's Church, Cliff Road (1) | Matlock Dale: St. John's Church, Cliff Road (3) (two pages merged into this page, with two sepia Charles Colledge images now on display here) | Matlock Dale: St. John the Baptist Church, Interior
2. Matlock: Dale Road at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century. Additional image.
3. Matlock: Dale Road & the Queen's Head Hotel. Two more images and additional info about the Queen's Head, one of Matlock's oldest inns.
4. Matlock Bath: Fluor Spar Cavern, Heights of Jacob has been updated.
5. Matlock & District Amateur Operatic Society, Productions 1907-69. Two more covers. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
Apr 2019 New page:
1. Matlock: Railway Bridge with Matlock Bank in the Distance, 1863. Engraving from the sixth edition of Smedley's Practical Hydropathy showing the railway, the Boat House Inn and Matlock Bank.
2. Matlock: Cromford Hall (Willersley Castle), before 1791. Sir Richard Arkwright's mansion took some years to build, and this copper engraving seems to show an unfinished structure. With grateful thanks to Susan Tomlinson.
Additions to:
1. A sepia version of the card on Matlock : The Bridge (2) has been added and a detail of the same card has been added to Matlock Bridge: Bank House, formerly Riversdale House, about 1902.
2. Dale Road, Boat House Hotel & River, early 1900s now includes description of the hotel in 1837.
3. Matlock: Dale Road, Boat House Hotel and River, about 1908. With Licensees. Now includes two advertisements and more known licensees, listed alphabetically, 1827 - 1950s.
4. Dale Road, Boat House Hotel - Stables & Scout Rooms. With additional information about the Livery Stables.
5. A bottle collector has generously provided images of an Upton Whisky bottle for the site. Go to an updated The Popular Album of Matlock and Matlock Bath and the Heights of Abraham, 1890s.
6. Matlock Bath's Glove Factory. A third image and more info.
7. Jubilee Bridge and Derwent, Matlock Bath. One of the images has been replaced and a little more info added.
8. Matlock Bath: Temple Hotel. Another image and additional names of proprietors added.
9. The following pages have been amended, with both minor adjustments or small details added: Matlock, Derbyshire | Matlock Bath, Derbyshire | Lead Mining in Matlock & Matlock Bath | Arkwright & His Cotton Mill in Matlock Bath | Stone Quarrying in the Matlocks
Mar 2019 New pages:
1. Matlock: Riber Castle & High Tor, Views from Masson. Two views of Riber from different vantage points on the Masson hillside. In addition to the Castle we can see High Tor and the High Tor Recreation Ground as well as Starkholmes.
2. Matlock Dale: High Tor, the Rock Face & the View Beyond. The Cliff Path, some accidents on the Tor, and the quarries below. Two images.
3. Matlock Dale: The High Tor Grounds, from Masson. The grounds on the summit of High Tor were originally leased from the Arkwrights, and later from Matlock Town Council, until the lease expired.
4. Matlock: Mr. Cartledge's Lime Tree View Hydro, 1863 Advertisement. Two page advertisement for William Cartledge's hydropathic establishment, published in the 1863 edition of John Smedley's Practical Hydropathy
Additions to:
1. Matlock Biographies: LITTLER, with a link to Glenorchy.
2. Matlock: Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway. A photo from around 1926 has been added.
3. Matlock: Dale Road & the Queen's Head Hotel in Edwardian Times. A second postcard added, so the title has changed.
4. The Pic Tor Promenade, Matlock. Now with additional postcard.
5. Matlock : Pic Tor and the River Derwent, early twentieth century. Second image.
6. Riber Castle - a card by Valentine added.
7. Riber Hall. A second image of this Elizabethan property added.
8. Scarthin Nick From Allen's Hill, 1892. The image has been re-scanned and extra info added.
9. Scarthin Nick & the Greyhound Pond, about 1905. Two small sections of the main image have been enlarged and there is more info.
10. Matlock & Matlock Bath Photographers has been updated. Thanks to Winters of Derby for their input in an exchange of information.
Jan 2019 New pages:
Because the following pages are about mutiview postcards, the images are presented slightly larger than normal. This is to make the relatively small images on the cards easier to see.

1. Matlock: Multiviews from the late Nineteenth Century to 1914. Six postcards, showing the town in the very early years of the picture postcard.
2. Matlock & Matlock Bath : Multiviews from the late Nineteenth Century to 1914. A coloured and sepia multiview of the same card, each with 11 images, plus a 4 image postcard.
3. Matlock: Decorative Multiviews, 1906 and 1907. Two very unusual postcards with messages in large print and only small images of the scenery.
4. Matlock: Multiviews from the Inter War Years. One postcard, showing changes and improvements to the town.
5. Matlock: Multiviews from 1945 onwards. Three post World War Two multiview images.
6. Matlock Bath: Multiviews from the late Nineteenth Century to 1914. Four early multiview cards, including a court card, from two publishers.
7. Matlock Bath: Multiviews from the Inter War Years. Two multiviews of Matlock Bath from approximately 1918 to 1939.
8. Matlock Bath: Multiviews from 1945 onwards. Five post World War Two images of the village.
9. Via Gellia: Multiviews from the late Nineteenth Century to 1914. A Jackson and Son postcard of the Via Gellia from the early twentieth century.
With grateful thanks to Susan Tomlinson for providing images on 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 above.

10. Matlock: Oldham House Hydro, Lounge, 1920s-1930s. Central heating had been installed.
Additions to:
1. Matlock: Bottom of Bank Road & The Lido. Valentine's card from 1958 added.
2. Matlock: Oldham House Hydro, Prospect Place & Woodlands School (Miss White's). Now includes an advertisement, published in an edition of "Practical Hydropathy" dating from 1863.
3. Matlock: Oldham House Hydro, Wellington Street, 1920s. An Additional image added.
4. Matlock Bath: Victoria Tower, Heights of Abraham, 1907-25. A sepia card from Sneath has been added.