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A selection of memorials and inscriptions that are or have been in Matlock and Matlock Bath. This is not a complete list; it mostly consists of extracts from Benjamin Bryan's: "Matlock Manor and Parish[1]", with additional inscriptions from Glenorchy and the Hall Leys.

Matlock, Congregational Church
In July 1920 Matlock Congregationalists unveiled a war memorial at their chapel. The money for a rose window had been raised by returning soldiers. A tablet underneath was of carved oak, sunk into the dado of the chancel and surmounted by a cross. The inscription read:

"This rose window was given by their returned comrades-in-arms as a tribute to the memory of E. Andrews, S. H. Andrews, O. Flint, G. Hall, J. Margerrison, A. Toplis, A. Whittaker, and T. Wilson, who laid down their lives in the Great War, 1914-1919. They followed in His train."
("Derbyshire Courier", 31 July 1920)
Matlock, Conservative Club
In June 1920 Lord Hartington unveiled a bronze memorial plaque in Matlock Conservative Club as they had suffered heavy losses in the war. The inscription read:
"Matlock Conservative Club. In memory of the members and stewards of this club who fell in the Great War, 1914-18".
The names recorded were C. Barnes, W. Bosley, A. B. Campbell, L. G. Dickinson, G. Else, G. S. Hall, E. Henstock, W. B. Jackson, J. Margerrison, W. H. Rowlands, G. Stacey, T. Swann, R. Wheatcroft, F. Wheatcroft and F. White.
("Derbyshire Courier", 5 June 1920).
Matlock Green, Six Almshouses

Over the central doorway of the almshouses are carved the words:

Below this is a plaque and the text is in capital letters:

"These almshouses are built, and as a memorial of her beloved brother Wm. HARRISON M.D., of Dean Hill House, Matlock, by his sister Margaret HARRISON, to provide rest for the aged poor".

Harrison's Almshouses
The almshouses were endowed in 1898[1]

Matlock, Hall Leys

Erected by Voluntary Subscription
To the Memory of


March 27th 1911
Repositioned and Rededicated on 23rd March 1987 to commemorate the centenary
of the Derbyshire Mutual Welfare Fund

There is Another Photograph of this memorial

Cromford Bridge
"The leap of Mr. B. H. MARE, June, 1697."

[Benjamin Bryan (1903) commented that ' a spirited horse, instead of taking the sharp turn to the left to cross the bridge, leaped the parapet, carrying its rider with it to the ground on the other side, a depth of 20 to 30 feet, and both escaped unhurt.[1]
There is more about this in the Derbyshire Photos on: Cromford: Bridge over the Derwent and Entrance to Willersley Castle.]
Victoria Tower, Masson
J.P." [1]

[The Tower was erected by John Pechell.
There are four postcards of The Tower.
See: The Victoria Prospect Tower (1) - you can click on the image -
or Victoria Tower, Heights of Abraham, 1907 -25 (2)
Glenorchy (Congregational) Independent Chapel[2]
"Erected by members of this church in loving memory of Frank Wigley Boden, William John Finney*, Angus Walker Hall and Ernest Henry Wildgoose who gave their lives for God and country in the war 1914-18. Greater love hath no man than this."
[Brass plaque]

[This was unveiled on Sunday 10 August 1919 by Mr. S. Sprinthall and Mr. R. Webster, Senior Deacons.
The whereabouts of this memorial is not known as Glenorchy Independent Chapel was demolished for road widening.
*Also commemorated Matlock Bath - see MI]
Scarthin Mission Church[1]
"This tablet was erected by loving friends to the memory of the Rev. Edward LATHAM, M.A. (late vicar of this parish), who died March 9th, 1883, aged 49. 'The memory is just blessed.'"

Photographs kindly provided by and © Paul Kettle, an undisclosed contributor and the webmistress.
Information researched by and © Ann Andrews and Charles Beresford.
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[1] Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited
[2] Beresford, Charles "The Bath at War, A Derbyshire Community and the Great War" (2007). Country Books/Ashridge Press. ISBN 978 1 901214 91 8. p.447. Published here with kind permission.