Dating from 1903, this postcard is very similar
to the previous image. Here
the shopkeeper (presumably Harry William Barnwell) is standing
outside the door of the watchmaker's shop which is on the left
hand corner of the road. He is wearing a long white apron. A
woman in a hat, green skirt and cream coloured blouse and carrying
a folded parasol has paused outside the Queen's Head Hotel on
the right of the picture, perhaps at the request of the photographer.
In 1903, when the postcard was first published, the Hotel was
the headquarters of Matlock and District Canine Society. Various
clubs and organisations held their annual dinners there that year
including F Company of the 2nd Sherwood Foresters and Matlock Football
Club. The firm of Joseph Hodgkinson also held auctions at the Queen's
way down Dale Road on the left hand side is an open carriage,
travelling away from us and towards Matlock Bath. Almost directly
opposite it is the Market Hall building, with some wares stacked
against one of the shop fronts.
This postcard was addressed to Mr C Wardman, Farmer, Horse Dale,
Bonsall and was posted at Matlock. In the days before using
telephones became commonplace, writing letters and postcards was
the fastest way to communicate, with same day delivery locally
as shown by the very unusual message!
"Sending churn up tonight Friday on bus leaving Matlock
at 6.35. Fill to top. Take no notice of the Post Card".