Ref No

D8116

The Temple Hotel, Matlock Bath

Visitors books 1945-2006, photograph album showing refurbishment works and other images of the building c1988, pane of glass reputedly incribed by 6th Lord Byron and Princess Victoria, dinner menu 1955

19th-20th cent

D8116/1

Visitors books

 

1945-2006

D8116/1/1

Temple Hotel visitors book, Nov 1945 to Aug 1961

Records date of arrival, name, address, nationality and room number. A high proportion of the earliest entries in the book record visitors who were serving in the armed forces, especially 426 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force

Inside cover contains note of licensing hours

1945-1961

D8116/1/2

Temple Hotel visitors book, Nov 1963 to July 1971

Records date of arrival, name, address, nationality, room number and car registration.

Entries dated 16 Jan 1965 record visits by Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, members of rhythm and blues music group The Rolling Stones. However, "several fan websites go into minute detail about where the band were at any given moment, and from these it seems that the Rolling Stones were making a live appearance on Ready, Steady, Go! on the 15th and were then in a recording session in Los Angeles on the 17th. They must have spent the 16th on a transatlantic flight. Mustn’t they?" - Record Office Blog, 13...

1963-1971

D8116/1/3

Temple Hotel visitors book, Jul 1971 to Apr 1979

 

1971-1979

D8116/1/4

Temple Hotel visitors book, Apr 1979 to Feb 1988, with three endries dating from Sep 2006

 

1979-2006

D8116/1/5

Temple Hotel visitors book, Jun 1988 to Jul 1991

First page is headed "re-open after refurbishing for 15 weeks - 8th June 1988".

1988-1991

D8116/1/6

Temple Hotel visitors book, Jun 1991 to Sep 1994

 

1991-1994

D8116/1/7

Temple Hotel visitors book, Oct 1994 to Aug 1997

 

1994-1997

D8116/1/8

Temple Hotel visitors book, Aug 1997 to Mar 2000

 

1997-2000

D8116/1/9

Temple Hotel visitors deposit book, Jul 1998 to Aug 2002

This record differs in form from D8116/1-8, as it was maintained by hotel staff rather than being signed by guests, and it records the payment of a deposit for each room. It is ordered by the date on which the payment was made, so some references are for visits arranged for later dates than August 2002.

1998-2002

D8116/2

Photographs

 

c1988

D8116/2/1

Temple Hotel photograph album

Contains 90 colour photographs and one small black and white photograph. The first and last few images show the Temple Hotel building from the outside, taken from a variety of different vantage points. The majority of the photographs show the interior of the building before, during and after a refurbishment project. This took place in 1988 (see D8116/1/5).

c1988

D8116/3

Artefacts

 

19th cent

D8116/3/1

The "Byron Window", removed in 1988 from the first floor breakfast room of the Temple Hotel, Matlock Bath

This pane of glass (slightly cracked and repaired before its donation) bears several etched inscriptions. As at the time of donation (Sep 2017), Derbyshire Record Office staff have been unable to find firm documentary evidence of authorship. The sale catalogue from a 1975 auction of the property (LS/SALE_CATS/270) asserts that the pane of glass had been inscribed by George Gordon the 6th Lord Byron with a poem and that Princess Victoria had later etched her name on the same pane. An article in Derbyshire Life and Countryside (Vol 53, no 9, Sep 1988) makes the same claim and quotes the...

19th cent

D8116/4

Administration of services

 

1955

D8116/4/1

Dinner menu from the Temple Hotel, Matlock Bath, Sat 20 Aug 1955

Found in D8116/1/3

1955

D8116/4/2

Temple Hotel, Matlock Bath: order sheet for newspapers and morning teas, 24 to 26 Jun 1955

Found in D8116/1/3

1955

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