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Hall's "Days in Derbyshire", 1863*
Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
Matlock Bath and Matlock Bank Extracts

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If Spencer Timothy Hall, a Hydropathist and Homœopathist, had decided to purchase the "little un-occupied villa" with "a good supply of water" on the Bank in about 1848 or so, Matlock's history might have been quite different. But he didn't buy the property as he thought the building was too small. He subsequently lived briefly in Matlock, having moved to Wellfield House in early July 1861, and one of his children was born on Matlock Bank. He was still in residence in 1862, but must have moved shortly afterwards. He wrote this guide to Derbyshire the following year whilst treating patients at Green Bank, Bowness, Windermere. In the extracts reproduced here he quotes from "Matlock", the poem by John Allen. Dr. Hall also provides a contemporary description of the impact of John Smedley - who did buy the villa. Spencer Timothy Hall was born in Sutton-in-Ashfield in 1813 and died at Blackpool on 26 April 1885.
Spencer Timothy Hall can be found at Wellfield House in White's 1862 Directory.

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Engraving of wild flowers. From the bottom of page 46

*Transcribed by Ann Andrews in November 2004 from:
Hall, Spencer Timothy (1863) "Days in Derbyshire ..." With sixty illustrations by J. Gresley (artist), Dalziel Brothers (illustrators). Simpkin, Marshall and Co, Stationers' Hall Court, London, and printed by Richard Keene, All Saints, Derby.
With my grateful thanks to Ray Ash who provided photocopies for me to OCR.
Image scans Copyright Ray Ash and intended for personal use only.
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