River Derwent near the Boat House Hotel, about 1908
|Matlock : Twentieth Century Photographs, Postcards,
Engravings & Etchings
Fishing has long been a favourite pastime for Matlock residents and
there were several good places to fish along the length of the
River Derwent at the beginning of the twentieth century, when
this picture was taken. The local papers carried stories of the
fishermen's successes. For example, in 1906, whilst fishing near
the Boat House, a Mr. J. Taylor "landed a splendid well-fed
trout scaling between two and three pound, the fish being taken
with the dock grub employed on Stewart tackle".
Another report, this time from 1917, tells us that the Boat
House Hotel had private waters and in that year trout weighing
from 1 - 2 lb had been creeled. Not
as good as Mr. Taylor's catch, but a good meal for the angler's
family if the fish were taken home rather than returned to the
"The Derwent, Matlock Bridge". JWS [J. Welch & Sons,
Portsmouth], No.2207. Posted at Matlock Bath 14 May 1905.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and researched by and © Ann
Andrews. Intended for personal use only
 "Derby Daily Telegraph", 17 May 1906.
Angling in Derbyshire.
 "Derby Daily Telegraph",
5 July 1917. Angling in Derbyshire. For those who aren't expert
anglers, along with the web mistress, a creel is a large wicker
basket for fish.