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Shows The Devil's Arse and Poole's Hole (cavern).
Accompanying text reads:
The compiler, having been induced by professional avocations, to ascertain the exact boundaries of the hundred of High Peak; and thinking that a further extension of his original plan might be useful as well as amusing, intends to submit to public approbation a map of this interesting district of the kingdom.
The natural curiosities of the High Peak have become proverbial. But only the excursions of tourists have been given to the public. Perhaps figurative pen of a happy genius may find more pleasure in composing such travels, than in the delineation of rugged boundaries of a romantic country: for certain it is, that no exclusive map has hitherto been published.
The leading features of the present map will not only be the relative distances from place to place, with all the turnpike and cross roads, which are the principal objects that can be introduced in maps of many parts of England, but will be a survey, in some degree, descriptive of The Wonders of the High Peak.
The Woodlands of Derbyshire have never been delineated in any other map after the manner proposed; and indeed, no former tourist has ever published one word of its description. Everyone who is fond of observing the wild and sublime scenery of nature, who wishes to visit man nearly unassociated with man, the scattered houses of about forty families, in a circuit of thirty miles, will flee to the woodlands for solitude and contemplation.
The map may still be his guide; he will, by its assistance, and a pocket compass, be enabled to ascertain the great outlines of the country. The names and elevations of the principal adjoining hills, such as Grinow Stones, Kinder Scout, Crooksden Hill, and others, taken from the level of Castleton Dale, with the courses of the rivers from their springs, will bear such a comparison.
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.