Anthony Marsden at The Bateman Arms, Middleton by Youlgreave

The above photo from a Derbyshire Peak District web site is of The Square House in Middleton by Youlgreave which is now a private house, but earlier it was an inn called The Bateman Arms.
On that page is a story that it only had a six day licence and was seen open one Sunday, apparently by a Mrs Waterhouse, returning from church to the hall. Shortly afterwards it lost its licence.

This may not have been the first occurrence as the newspaper cutting above from The Derby Mercury, printed on 22nd July 1868, shows that Anthony was fined 10 shillings for a similar offence. Using The National Archives currency converter, the 10 shillings fine would have the same spending worth of £22.85 in 2005.

The above lapses cannot be the reason for the inn closing as the newspaper cutting above from The Derby Daily Telegraph, printed on 22nd August 1896, shows that following the death of Anthony in April 1896, the licence was transferred to his wife Susanah. However, she did not hold the licence for long as she died in November of that year. From The Bugle web-site, the inn closed in 1918.

Before it's closure as an inn, it seems that it was the centre of entertainment in the village as the newspaper cutting below from The Derby Mercury, printed on 1st April 1863, reports on a party to celebrate the royal wedding between Prince Albert Edward (later to become King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra.

The Marsdens feature quite a lot in events in the area as the clipping below from The Derbyshire Times, printed on 8th September 1877, for the opening of the Water Works shows.


(C) M.T. Gibbs 2013