Tor & Railway Station, Matlock Bath, 1862
|Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century : Photographs,
Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
A vignette view
of High Tor and Matlock Bath station, with its distinctive
chalet-style roof. The engraved illustration was done for the
London publishers Rock & Co. Ltd.;
it is number 4466 and dated 20 Feb 1862. To the left of the station is the High
Tor Tunnel. Between
the tunnel and the station is a bridge under the line and a
footpath connecting Matlock Bath and Starkholmes goes underneath.
The white building on the left must be the old vicarage - a more obvious depiction
of it can be seen elsewhere on this site.
The station approach, for the carriages, curricles and phætons
of the day, sweeps down to the left towards the recently built
stone bridge that is just out of view. The iron footbridge
bridge across the river Derwent, just past the bend, was not
to be put in place for several more decades.
View even more about the station by clicking on the images
View from the postcard of "High Tor & Railway Station,
Matlock" published by Your Heritage (no date) in the collection
of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information written, researched
by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
References (coloured links are to transcripts and information
elsewhere on this web site):
 A vignette engraving is an
engraved illustration that is not enclosed in a definite
border and, as is the case here, the edge of the image might
be either fuzzy or just fade into the background.
21] Rock & Co. was founded by
William Frederick Rock. The firm specialised in, amongst
other things, steel engraved vignette views.
See image 3, High Tor Tunnel
Bath Today (4) where the building of the tunnel is discussed.
 There is a vignette
engraving of High Tor Tunnel from "Bemroses'
Guide" of 1869, showing the railway station building
(at the bottom of the page). It is similar to this image and
the former vicarage is shown. Also see the engraving from Mrs.
Smedley's "Ladies' Manual".