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Tourist Booklet of Matlock, Matlock Bath & District, about 1900
Matlock: Twentieth Century Photographs, Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
 

This little booklet of twelve views has no cover, so the web mistress would welcome information that would either identify the booklet's proper title and publisher or provide information about possible photographers. This may be a general collection, using the work of several photographers, or it might have been compiled by one or both of the Barbers, who were photographers operating from Matlock Bank in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. William Harvey Barber definitely took the photograph of Matlock Bridge (see below) and either William Henry or his father Frederick took Promenade, Matlock Bath and Chatsworth House From River Showing Cattle.

The pages measure 5½" on their longest side and 3⅝" on the shorter side and the photos were probably taken between 1892 and 1900. There are less images of Matlock Bath, suggesting perhaps that the publisher was concentrating more on Matlock.


The pictures below are not in the same order as in the booklet:

Matlock Bridge & Bank
Town Hall & Cable Tramway, Matlock
Matlock Bank
Matlock Bridge
Riber Castle, Matlock
Lumsdale, Matlock
  Promenade, Matlock Bath
Matlock Bath
High Tor, Matlock Dale (1)
High Tor, Matlock Dale (2)
Chatsworth House From River Showing Cattle
Haddon Hall Showing Terrace and Steps
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Matlock Bridge & Bank
Matlock Bridge & Bank. [page 4]
About 1900. The 1899 extension to Bridge House, on the Bank, can be seen.
Some homes had been built on Edge Road but Rockside Hydro had not been extended.
Compare with Matlock Bank (below).


Town Hall & Cable Tramway, Matlock
Town Hall & Cable Tramway, Matlock[1]. [page 8]
Matlock's New Town Hall was formally opened on Wednesday 10 Oct 1900[2].
The former hydro, Bridge House, had been extended and this shows the new extension as well as the entrance to Imperial Road.
It is impossible to tell which tramcar was going up Bank Road but the steps on the back of the tram
can just be seen on the photograph which is why we know it was going uphill. Higher on the hill, but on the same side of the road
as the Town Hall, is the unmistakable chimney of Smedley's Hydro's boiler house.


Matlock Bank
Matlock Bank[3]. [page 9]
1896-9. Bridge House (the Town Hall) hadn't been extended but Lime Grove Walk was developing.
Close to top of the hill are two chimneys. One was at Smedley's, as already mentioned,
and the second belonged to the tramway's engine house. Trams can be seen on all three photographs above.
Compare with Matlock Bridge & Bank (above)


Matlock Bridge
Matlock Bridge. [page 10]
Photograph by William Harvey Barber. Also published in Heywood's 1903 Guide[4].
There are similar photographs of the County Bridge, taken before it was widened, in other booklets.
Also see: Matlock: The Bridge


Riber Castle, Matlock
Riber Castle, Matlock. [page 11]
This probably dates from the Castle's time as a school as Rev. Chippett had bought the building from
the Smedley family following the death of Mrs. Caroline Smedley in 1892.


Lumsdale, Matlock
Lumsdale, Matlock. [page 12]


Promenade, Matlock Bath
Promenade, Matlock Bath. [page 3]
Probably taken in the 1890s. Note the original railings next to the road.
Photograph by Barber, though not known whether the father or the son[5].


Matlock Bath
Matlock Bath. [page 5]
A view from Starkholmes.
This picture was taken before 1900. Note the rooves of the station's buildings.


High Tor, Matlock Dale
High Tor, Matlock Dale. [page 6]


High Tor, Matlock Dale
High Tor, Matlock Dale. [page 7]


Chatsworth House From River Showing Cattle
Chatsworth House From River Showing Cattle[6] [page 1]
Photograph by Barber, though not known whether the father or the son[5].


Haddon Hall Showing Terrace and Steps
Haddon Hall Showing Terrace and Steps[7] [page 2]


In the collection of, provided by and researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] There is more information about Matlock's tramway: Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway.
[2] The Derby Mercury, 17 October, 1900.
[3] See Matlock Bridge (and Bank), early 1890s.
[4] Heywood, Abel (1903) "Abel Heywood's Guide Books, With Cycling, Walking and Driving Routes. Matlock Illustrated". See: Matlock: The Old Bridge and Matlock: The Bridge.
[5] These images were also published in "Famous Derbyshire Health Resorts, Illustrated. The Matlocks", a booklet "presented with Mr. Tyack's compliments" and published about 1892.
[6] There is another image of Chatsworth House in a different part of this web site.
[7] Images of Haddon Hall are also in a different part of this web site.