Matthew Marriott was born in 1816 at Heath, Derbyshire. In 1841, the census describes him as a 25 year old stonemason, living with his wife and two young sons in Staveley.
By 1851, he is described as a Master Mason, living at Lowgates, and employing thirty men. When Richard Barrow advertised for contractors to build 100 cottages, at what would become Barrow Hill, Matthew Marriott was the successful applicant. He went on to build more block cottages as well as the villas on Station Road, the School, the Dining Hall and Hotel. He was described by his son as “the largest builder in Derbyshire” and as “the man who built Barrow Hill.”
Amongst his other work, Marriott built the Wesleyan Chapel on Saltergate in Chesterfield and was the mason employed to carry out restoration on Staveley Parish Church for Gilbert Scott. He was the Churchwarden at Staveley.
The Methodist Chapel in Barrow Hill bears the name of Matthew Marriott as the builder when the foundation stone was laid in 1872. After his death in 1873, the work was completed by his son, George Marriott.
Matthew Marriott died on 22nd January 1873, aged 58. His tomb is by the gate to Staveley Hall in Staveley Churchyard.