Marking area’s historic sites

Commemorative Plaque: Member Peter Wild and Chair of the Matlock Civic Association Tony Symes, Bridget Jones, daughter of the last stationmaster and Mayor of Matlock Barry Hopkinson unveil the blue plaque that marks the location of the old stationmaster's house.
Commemorative Plaque: Member Peter Wild and Chair of the Matlock Civic Association Tony Symes, Bridget Jones, daughter of the last stationmaster and Mayor of Matlock Barry Hopkinson unveil the blue plaque that marks the location of the old stationmaster's house.
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Civic chiefs celebrated the area’s heritage by unveiling commemorative blue plaques.

Buildings which have played important roles in Matlock’s history have been recognised by the town’s Civic Association.

Commemorative Plaque: Cllr Judith Twigg and Chair of the Matlock Civic Association unveil the blue plaque that marks the location of the former Bridge Hall Hydro, now the Derbyshire Dales District Council offices.

Commemorative Plaque: Cllr Judith Twigg and Chair of the Matlock Civic Association unveil the blue plaque that marks the location of the former Bridge Hall Hydro, now the Derbyshire Dales District Council offices.

Matlock Town Hall was presented with the first plaque, by Derbyshire Dales District Council chair, Judith Twigg.

The building which now houses district council offices was formerly Bridge Hall, then a hydro called Bridge House. It was one of over 30 hydros that flourished in the town at the end of the nineteenth century.

A new blue plaque was then unveiled at the old station master’s house by civic members, the daughter of the last stationmaster, Bridget Jones, and Matlock Mayor Barry Hopkinson.

Ken Parker of the Civic Association, said the group hoped eight more historic buildings would receive plaques and Rockside Hydro and Lilybank Hydro were next to be recognised.

Historic Place: Cllr Andrew Lewar and Charles Hurt, the great great great great grandson of Richard Arkwright, unveil the blue plaque to commemorate Lumford House, the dwelling of Richard Arkwright Junior in Bakewell.

Historic Place: Cllr Andrew Lewar and Charles Hurt, the great great great great grandson of Richard Arkwright, unveil the blue plaque to commemorate Lumford House, the dwelling of Richard Arkwright Junior in Bakewell.

He added: “Three years ago we published the town trails and that enabled us to research the history of the buildings of Matlock.

“Having done that we found that there are quite a number of buildings that people pass by every day without realising how significant they are to Matlock’s story.

“We are trying to do our version of the blue plaques as we feel famous buildings could do with a bit of recognition so we looked through the town trails booklet and picked out ten.”

Derbyshire County Council has also been honouring the area’s heritage with its own blue plaque scheme.

A plaque to commemorate Richard Arkwright Junior’s life and works, was unveiled by council leader Andrew Lewer at Arkwright’s former home Lumford House – in the grounds of the mill he built and ran in Bakewell.

His is the fifth blue plaque to be unveiled by the council.

Cllr Lewer said: His father may have been credited with transforming the way this country worked but his son, Richard Junior, was also vital to the family’s success.”