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An area beside Melbourne Pool, which was once the pool for Melbourne Hall's mill. Melbourne Hall was originally the rectory house for the Bishops of Carlisle. In 1629-31 Sir John Coke, Secretary of State to King Charles I, bought the house. It was substantially rebuilt by Thomas and George Coke in the early 18th century. Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister to Queen Victoria, inherited the house and estate in 1828. His name was given to Melbourne, Australia. The present owner is descended from the Cokes.
Image taken by photographer E Martin. Edward Martin was born in Derby but lived in Melbourne, he owned two studios, Ashby Road and Potters Street. He was a prolific photographer of local places of interest which he sold in postcard form in and around Melbourne in local shops as well as from his studio. Many of his original glass plates have survived and are held in the Archives at Derbyshire Record Office, Matlock. He has a large number of photographs owned by the National Trust, these are of mainly the Crewe family at Calke Abbey, and can be seen in the National Archives in London or online. (Additional information very kindly supplied by Karan O'Connor).