About this image
Newhaven House Hotel on the A515 was built by the Duke of Devonshire in 1795, to take advantage of the coaching trade. Erected close to two important turnpike roads, the Buxton to Derby and the Nottingham to Newhaven, it was the last public house in England to have a perpetual licence. This was awarded following a visit by King George IV, who was so impressed by the warmth and hospitality of the landlord that he granted the licence (from http://www.derbyshire-peakdistrict.co.uk/biggin.htm).
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.