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Bank Road & the Steep-Gradient Tramway

Vernon Lamb Archive

Mr. Stocker outside his shop

Two more pictures of Matlock, looking down the hill from the top of Bank Road and towards High Tor and Masson, taken by the Smedley Street photographer Charles Colledge.

The top image, which shows a tramcar on its way down Bank Road, would have been taken from a first floor window of Colledge's shop opposite the Gate Inn on the corner of Smedley Street and Rutland Street. The bottom picture was probably taken from a window on the second floor in the same building.

Neither postcard was used, so it is difficult to provide a date, but they could have been taken between 1910 and 1920. They were definitely taken before 1927 when the tramway closed. One clue is shown on the building on the left (top image), which is on the corner of Smedley Street and Bank Road. On the shop sign immediately above the shop window facing hydro (not the large board, which is unreadable) is the single word "Underclothing". This was a drapery run by Henry Stocker and his wife Annie[1]. Mr. Stocker, who also worked as a bathman, had married Anne Elizabeth Slater at the Primitive Methodist Chapel on Matlock Bank, next door to their shop, in 1878.

There is another sign on the building, just below the window on the corner; it reads "Congregational Church" but it is hard to tell if there is an arrow on it.

Matlock, The Dale, seen from the Bank

1. "View down Bank Road, Matlock". Postcard from a photograph by Charles Colledge. No date. © Ken Smith collection
2. "Matlock, The Dale, seen from the Bank". Postcard from a photograph by Charles Colledge.No date. © Ken Smith collection
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] See: the 1881 census | the 1891 census | the 1901 census | Kelly's 1891 Directory | Kelly's 1908 Directory | Kelly's1916 Directory | MI Surnames Index (Henry Stocker died in 1916 and his wife Anne died in 1917) | List of Wills.