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North Parade, Bank Holiday Crowds, 1906



South Parade, Bank Holiday Crowds, 1906




The Railways of Derbyshire, 1903
(Old Maps of Derbyshire)



A nineteenth century stereoview of Matlock Bath station shows visitors, undoubtedly day trippers or "excursionists" as they have no luggage, arriving by train. On the backing card (not shown here) is written "Matlock Bath Station". Just beyond the platform, below High Tor, the entrance to the High Tor tunnel can be seen.

The "down" or "return" platform and the passenger footbridge, not shown on the previous image, had both been built. We learn just how big the platform was from a court case in 1878. It followed an extremely unfortunate incident, which had dreadful consequences for some, that happened at the station on Good Friday 1877 when, according to one witness, 900 people were on the platform waiting for the last train of the day and no-one wanted to be left behind.

"The return platform [to Derby] at Matlock Bath is exceptionally large, and well adapted to the accommodation of passengers in large numbers. There is, however, a senseless custom (which no one who has travelled by one of these trains could fail to observe) of making for the train as it "slows" into the station and catching hold of the door-handles so as to gain priority of occupation for a party who desire to travel together. Often the doors are opened before the train stops, and becomes a source of danger to those who are drawn up on the edge of the platform, and under all these circumstances passengers seem to lose all self control, and the "stampede" becomes general[1]". In this instance, despite the warnings from staff, serious injuries occurred when a young Derby man, a Mr. Moore, and others were thrown underneath the train.



Enlargement of right hand image.


View even more about the station by clicking on the images below:


19C stereoview1

1862

Tunnel, 19C

About 1906

1906-08

1912

Station House

Today, image3

In the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews
Intended for personal use only.
References:

[1] "The Derby Mercury", 10 Apr 1878.