The tall lamp post and rather small roundabout in the middle of Crown
Square replaced the tram shelter.
The shelter had been removed with unseemly haste before the tramway
up Bank Road had stopped running, albeit that it was only a few
days beforehand. All signs of the tramway were removed from both
Bank Road and Crown Square and
the park head was cleared of shops, replaced by a pleasant
area of seating next to the Hall Leys Park.
The bus that is on Causeway Lane was a Hands motor bus, registration
number RA5031, designed to carry 35 people.
The sign on the front shows it was going to Cromford. A charabanc
was parked to the side of "Burgon's Supply Store" which
is being studied by a small boy wearing a cap, long socks and short
trousers - the clothing that most young boys wore at that time.
The second bus in the picture, next to the roundabout, was not
keeping to the left so was on the wrong side of the road.
Signs for W. H. Marriott's auctioneers are displayed on two of
the Causeway Lane buildings and
the former Ernest Bailey's School can be seen on the hillside behind
the auctioneers. Orme's Grocery & Provisions
store was on the corner of Causeway Lane and Bank Road (see advertisement
below). It had moved there a few years before, following the compulsory
purchase of its shop next to the County Bridge.
The first shop on Bank Road past Orme's was Boden's Pastrycooks,
run by John William Boden,
which had a Cafe above and later became Rock Cafe. Further along
the parade were The Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Electric Power
Company showrooms, Matlock & District Gas Company's showrooms
(later the Sheffield Gas Company), Arthur William Gessey's stationers,
Evan's cafe and confectioners (run by Miss H. Aspinall) and J.
H. Dewhurst's butchers at the end of the row.
The signs are almost impossible to read. Matlock's Post Office
is set back from the road so cannot be seen, but is on the right
hand corner of Lime Grove Walk. Quite what the store was on the
opposite corner is uncertain, but the sign over the window reads "CASH" and
the window dressing seems to be quite elaborate. The shop later
became Greaves Furniture Stores and then Haydn Stanley's.
Behind the Crown Hotel was a small park which is where the Lido
was eventually built. It was called Imperial Road Gardens.