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Matlock Bank and Bridge - from near the Quarry, 1907
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The buildings below, next to the road and including the Boat House Hotel, are dwarfed by the immense rocks
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Dale Road, Boat House Hotel & Bridge, 1870s

Late 19c

The Quarries

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An unusual view of Matlock Bank and Bridge, photographed from just past the Harvey Dale Mountain Limestone Quarry which belonged to Job Greatorex and Son. Look carefully at the top of hill above the rock face (against the edge of the picture); there is a long line of fencing. The buildings below, next to the road and including the former Boat House Hotel, are dwarfed by the immense rocks. Whilst the two pairs of semi-detached properties next to the road at the bottom of the picture remain today, the two buildings between them and the Boat House have been demolished. The first to go was the seemingly low building that is built into the hillside (see image below), not long after this picture was taken. The view of it from the road shows a two storey building with arched doorways.
Also see: Dale Road, Boat House Hotel & Bridge, 1870s

The Dale Road buildings on the far side of the railway bridge seem awash with turrets and chimneys in the main picture. Holt Lane is just about visible, beginning under the bridge - a few feet past the vehicle on the road. There was only one property on Old Derwent Avenue at this time. Behind that building is Steep Turnpike, at the top of which is Chesterfield Road. Lilybank and Dalefield (The Gables at that time) can be seen, with fields and open countryside behind them. Above the Dale Road shops is Lime Grove Walk. Bank Road and Smedley's Hydro are easy to see and Rockside also stands out.

On the far right of the picture is a large field bordering Steep Turnpike which ran almost the full length of the road (enlarged below). This was numbered 897 on the 1848 tithe map and its owner and occupier was shown to be George Nuttall (Dale Hill and Hovel, pasture). There was another piece of land surrounded by the field, No.898 on the tithe map and today known as Harley House, which also belonged to George Nuttall. The occupier was John Else (House, courts and garden).[1] Mr. Nuttall also owned The Firs - now the library - which he had inherited from his mother and a considerable amount of other property in the town and elsewhere. Following his death in 1856 these two parcels of land were listed in his Will, alongside several other fields. He had left them to his housekeeper Catherine Marsden, who was his cousin, and after her death to John Nuttall of London[2]. They crop up again in a detailed purchase document of 1876 when Lindsey Hodgkinson of Matlock was buying some of the Copyhold land from the estate of John Nuttall[3].

Enlargement, showing the field next to Steep Turnpike.
The Firs is the white building near the bottom of the hill and Harley House is opposite, but
screened by trees. Note that in Derwent Avenue only one pair of semi-detached houses
had been built.

The two images on the previous page were taken from a similar position and also shows the field. At some stage after these pictures were taken there was more building development on Steep Turnpike.

Stone Quarrying in the Matlocks has more information about the industry.

"Matlock Bridge and Bank" postcard is one of Boots Cash Chemist "Pelham" Series. Posted at Matlock Bath on 26 July 1909 to Miss Laurenson of Rainhill, the unnamed sender wrote:
"The weather here is very rough and stormy, plenty of rain. I was just going to pick some Bilberries on the hillside and it is raining again! .." Another version of this card was posted in 1907.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

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

[1] See the 1848 Tithe Map, Derbyshire Record Office. With thanks to Susan Tomlinson for checking.

[2] Information from the PCC Will of George Nuttall, with two Codicils. The Codicils were disputed by the Nuttall family. See The Great Matlock Will Case : The Court Report | The Great Matlock Will Case - 100th anniversary article | Nuttall Pedigree.

[3] From Douglas family archives, with thanks to Jean Douglas.