Here are two postcards of the Hall Leys and Matlock Bank, with the
four semi-detached houses in Derwent Avenue in the foreground (see previous
image). The photographs were taken from Pic Tor. Although
they were taken from slightly different angles there are many similarities
in what they show, even to the white horse or cow tethered at the
junction of the road behind the Dale Road shops and the path leading
to the former Cycle Track.
The sender of the top card was probably staying at Smedley's Hydro
as he or she has marked the building with a large cross. In the
bottom left hand quarter of this picture we can see part of Dale
Road and the backs of the shops close to the railway bridge. The
road behind the shops is a continuation of Olde Englishe Road and
the large building with the open sky lights in the bottom left
corner (with the card's number on it) used to be the Picture Palace
The second, browner, card below shows less of the Matlock Bank
hillside and the Dale Road shops. A wooden hut is on the Cycle
Track grounds, out of shot on the top card, and tram lines for
tennis can be seen on the Olde English Ground. There is also a
clearer view of the tethered animal although what it was is still
The football stand on the Hall Leys has been removed (see two earlier
and there is a marquee at the Park Head end, closer to Crown Square.
In January 1912 Matlock Council laid the first sods on the bowling
green. The previous eighteen months had seen the transformation of
the land from "a waste piece of land into a park". There
was some talk about the Hall Leys being renamed as Matlock Park at
this time but it came to nothing.
Whit Monday of 1912 was said to have been a "charming day" when
the Matlocks were crowded with visitors and the road between Matlock
and Matlock Bath was described as being "literally black with
legions of holiday makers".
It was reported that the newly laid bowling green and tennis courts
on the Hall Leys proved a great attraction to the numerous visitors.
The card's sender wrote that he had "walked over the Hill
to Matlock and back", possibly up the Slack, and that
he had "no ill effects, beyond stiffness"!
This enlargement, of another version of the second Valentine
card above, shows
a marquee at the head of the park. On the opposite side of
the path a section of
the grassed area has been fenced off and prepared as tennis