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Nether Green, Bonsall
Nether Green, on Bonsall's Clatterway

"Bonsall where Kings and Prices are buried, and each man has his own marble bridge over the river. So the old jest ran, followed by the explanation that several families of the name King and Prince lived in the village, and that a tiny stream runs down the gutter of the principal street"[1].

Nether Green is on the Clatterway, the road leading up from the Via Gellia and the Pig of Lead into the centre of the village of Bonsall. The former Coach House of Nether Green House is the building behind the street lamp (centre of picture). You can also see the side of Nether Green House, which is the property with the double bay window. This house was built by and lived in by the web mistress's Clay relatives from the end of the eighteenth century until the 1870s; they were millers by trade and the original mill stone is still in the garden. On the 1899 OS map a fountain is shown within the grounds of Nether Green House; this fountain is still fed by a natural water supply[2].

Robert Clay (1799-1874) was born and died at the house. He was almost certainly the Robert who repaired Nether Green well in 1860 although, unfortunately, the surname of the restorer is no longer readable so it cannot be proved. Nevertheless, there were few Roberts in Bonsall at that time with sufficient means to pay for the work[2].

Below Nether Green House are some stone built cottages and my great aunt, Mrs. Chamberlain, lived in one of them - Nether Green Cottage - in the 1920's and 1930's. It was always described as being "opposite the bottom end of Slaley Lane"'; the signpost is pointing towards Slaley. As for the stream mentioned in the quotation above, it is possible the author was referring to the roadside in front of Nether Green House and The Cascades, as there are still cobbles in the gutter and little "bridges" over it to get to the houses. There is also a stream to the rear of the properties, between the houses and the wooded rock face.

Opposite Nether Green House is the lodge of a former large mansion called The Study, the home of Mrs. Prince for many years. Mrs. Prince was a philanthropist and every local society or body had received money and support from her. Almost the last thing she did before her death in 1900 was to arrange an extension to Bonsall's burial ground. She was laid to rest in the family vault at St. James' church and the words "Margaret Prince, died January 10th, aged 77 years" were inscribed on her coffin[3].

Following the death of Miss Prince in 1927 The Study was offered for sale, but the Lot was withdrawn[4]. The property was then empty and reportedly "went to rack and ruin" though it was subsequently deemed to be the best of a number of houses in the village that were eventually demolished[5].

The very distinctive Study Lodge, with its crenellations around the roof and its Gothic windows, is a family home today.

The postcard probably dates from around 1930, though could be a little later as the entrance to The Study and the area round the Lodge looks somewhat neglected.

Elsewhere on this web site:
Bonsall in Kelly's 1891 Directory
Pigot's 1828-9 Directory, with Matlock, Matlock Bath and Darley includes Bonsall names.
Pigot's 1831 Directory, with Matlock and Matlock Bath, includes Bonsall names.
Pigot's Directory, 1842, also with Matlock and Matlock Bath, includes Bonsall names.
Matlock Charities

Our Genealogy
includes a photo of Robert Clay's memorial and an image of the family crest.

"Nether Green, Bonsall". Copyright Lilywhite Ltd., Sowerby Bridge, Guaranteed Real Photo and British Manufacture. Card No BSLL. 5.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] Firth, J. B. (1908) "Highways and Byways in Derbyshire" MacMillan & Co., London.

[2] Notes about Robert Clay and his home are from documents and papers researched by Ann Andrews.

[3] "Derbyshire Times", 20 January 1900. Funeral of Mrs. Prince.

[4] "Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 12 August 1927. The Study was offered for sale by auction, together with garage, lodge, gardener's house, and 22 acres of gardens and park land.

[5] "Bonsall: A Portrait of the Village and its Church" (1993). The section on Bonsall in the Old Days recounts how Miss Prince came down the drive in her Rolls Royce and children would open the gate for her, to be rewarded by a penny or two.

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