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On Foot Through the Peak, 1868*
Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
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High Tor Grotto, Matlock Dale

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"Visited by the Ex-Queen of the French and Suite in 1856, who expressed themselves highly gratified".

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Historical note:
The ex-Queen of the French, Marie Amelia of Claremont Palace, stayed at the Old Bath Hotel for three days and she and her suite enjoyed the delights of the local scenery, including the High Tor Grotto. They seemingly crossed the Derwent via the wooden bridge and used the boats for the return trip ("Derbyshire Times", 30 September 1856).

There is more on-site information about the cavern's proprietor, Thomas Cardin, who was a Lead Miner.
His baptism (1813)
1841 census | 1851 census | 1861 census | 1871 census
White's 1862 Directory | Kelly's 1864 Directory

*Transcribed by Ann Andrews in November 2008 from:
Croston, James (1868) (2nd Ed) "On Foot Through the Peak; or a Summer Saunter Through the Hills and Dales of Derbyshire", Manchester: John Heywood, 141 & 143, Deansgate. London, Simpkin, Marshall & Co.
With my grateful thanks to Ray Ash who provided copies for me to OCR.
Image scans Copyright © Ray Ash and intended for personal use only.