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Matlock Bridge and Bank, 1903-04
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The postcard is called "Matlock Bridge" but it also shows Matlock Bank and was taken from just behind Dale Road / Snitterton Road, probably from the footpath which runs just west of the line of the railway line (please email if you disagree, as it could be from slightly higher up).

Although a large portion of the Bank was green when this picture was taken the open spaces have been considerably developed over the intervening one hundred or so years. Bank Road climbs the hill in the centre of the picture, with Lime Grove Walk going off to the right. The trees on Lime Grove Walk are a little more mature than in the images on the previous page and there are a few more houses on the road. Edge Road is beginning to develop as well, with the terrace of six semi detached houses having been completed. The two communities of Matlock Bank and Matlock Bridge were gradually being joined together.

The vehicle in the road just below what is now the Methodist and United Reformed Church on Bank Road is one of the trams[1]. Also on Bank Road, the former Bridge House (Bridge Hall) had been extended as it was by this time owned by Matlock Council and had become the Town Hall, with the fire station behind it. The Town Hall had opened in 1900[2].

Smedley's, Matlock House and Rockside Hydros can all be seen higher up the Bank. Rockside was yet to change into the building we recognize today[3]. Bank House and Church View Hydro is slightly above the centre of the picture. For a short time it was called Wyvern House, then was converted into a school (Ernest Bailey's) and is now the County Record Office. The buildings on the edge of Hall Leys Park which were very close to the Bridge, and demolished many years ago, can also be seen.

Also look at images No 3, 4 and 5 of Just Images Matlock. Compare those pictures with this postcard.


Valentine's Series Card, 17205. This number is provided on St. Andrews University web site. However, in the light of more recent additions to this web site the postcard is believed to date from around the date the card was franked and not from 1892. There are also too many changes to Matlock Bank for it to have been published before 1900.
Posted at Rugby Station on 23 Aug 1904 to a Mrs. Francie Bayley in Coventry, who had a husband called George and a baby (not named), "just to remind you of other days".
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] See Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway.

[2] There is a good picture of the Town Hall, taken around 1900, on Tourist Booklet of Matlock, Matlock Bath & District, about 1900.

[2] See Rockside Hydro, Matlock, 1903 and Rockside Hydro, Matlock, 1908.