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‘A Cat’s Eye View’ by Catherine Swindells – Lotions and potions……. (Book)


This is a fascinating story of how Matlock Bath has become what is today a highly popular tourist destination. Its a story with a difference though because its told through the eyes of a very inquisitive cat called Beth who was living in the Old Apothecary Shop shortly after it first opened for business on North Parade, Matlock Bath 1894 and 1906

After that Beth hands over to another Cat whose name is Spotters, and he will be keeping everyone up to date on what is going on in our village.

So here is the Cat’s eye view on how the apothecary shop was first established and how Matlock Bath developed from being a sleepy suburb of Matlock to becoming a thriving village in its own right.

Plus a bit more……..





‘A Cat’s Eye View’ by Catherine Swindells – Lotions and potions……. (Book)


We hope that you enjoy your journey and glimpse of village life as it was in the past, We believe that both Thomas Asbury and Alfred Newton would wholeheartly and they would both feel justifiably proud of the unique potion that The Old Apothecary Shop has had and indeed still holds within the enchanting story of Matlock Bath.

The Apothecary Shop is now a family run business and this book has been written by Catherine Swindells who owns the business with her husband and Son Joel.

This book has been written to reflect the enthralling history & heritage of this beautiful establishment that we are so keen to uphold.

Although based on some historical facts this is a fictional story about how the author imagines life would have been at this time.


The Old Apothecary Shop Tote Bag

FREE on all orders over £50 (not including P&P)

Special edition designed tote bag. The illustration is of our grade 2, listed window originally designed and installed by Alfred Newton, the second owner of the Old Apothecary Shop.

The Old Apothecary Tote Bag 1