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Matlock: Dale Road, Railway Bridge, North Side, about 1918
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Another tranquil scene showing the Railway Bridge, built in the 1840s for what was then the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock & Ambergate railway, with High Tor in the background. We can only see the two arches spanning the river and a third, smaller, archway on the left underneath which the Pic Tor footpath passes. Behind and to the side of the Bridge is the Boat House Hotel and other properties along Dale Road. The building that is reflected in the river was demolished some time ago. The quarry behind the bridge on the right is the Harvey Dale Quarry.

Out of the picture (to the right) the bridge spans the main road and is no longer arched, although it has stone sides. In the 1930s the Council implemented a scheme to widen what was a then narrow section of the London-Carlisle A6 trunk road, between the railway bridge and Matlock Bath Station approach, 1,400 yards to the south. The idea had first been suggested some twenty years previously. The new carriageway was to be 30 feet wide, but had to be narrowed where it passed under the bridge to 25 feet, which was the maximum width available[1].


"Matlock". Published by F. W. Scarratt, 115 Normanton Road, Derby[2], No.514. Posted at Derby 17 Feb 1918.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Susan Tomlinson
Researched by and © Ann Andrews Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links go to on site transcripts):

[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", Friday 29 November 1935. Work began in February 1936 and was expected to take two years to complete.

[2] Francis Scarratt was listed as a Stationer in the 1911 census and in Kelly's Directory 1912 he was a post card publisher, both in the Market Hall and of Normanton Road.