A panoramic view of Matlock Bank and Matlock Moor taken from high
up on the Heights of Abraham, probably in the 1940s. In
the valley below where the photographer was standing is the Matlock
end of the Dale and both the railway line and the scar of the
large Parish quarry, by this time known as the Harvey Dale Quarry,
at the southern edge of the town can be seen. The large house
is the Rocks and we can see the long stone wall that forms its
boundary with Cliff Road as well as some properties at the
junction with the main road.
general views from this time do not enlarge well. So whilst we
can just about make out some of the larger features and familiar
landmarks much of the detail is lost. "Looking towards Matlock
Bank ... we can pick out Smedley's Hydro, an imposing building half-way
up the hill".
The line of both Bank Road and Rutland Street stand out, although
from this distance the viewer has no sense of the steepness of either
road and the Bank appears to be a relatively gently sloping hillside.
On the right of the top image, under the curved branch of the tree,
is the line of housing on Lime Tree Road, going up from Matlock Green.