The photographer presents us with a slightly more unusual view
of the Hall Leys Park (above) as he or she was looking down the
valley from the end furthest away from Crown Square, so looking
back towards Park Head and Matlock Bank, with Causeway
Lane on the right. The football ground 'stands' and dugout can
be see on the opposite side of the road.
According to a 1950s guide which was published not long after
the top postcard,
the park provided "amusements for young and old".
This card shows many of the things available in the late forties
and early fifties, including the swings and the children's paddling
pool although the protective weather screens, added to the bandstand
in the 1950s, were a thing of the future.
Whilst it is not easy to see beneath the trees, on the left is
the line of the miniature railway beside the
river. There was another miniature railway in the Derwent Gardens
in Matlock Bath.
Bowls and crazy golf were also available, and still are today.
Flags can be seen on the boating lake's islands but they
had disappeared by the time later pictures of the lake (see
next image) was taken.
A wartime trade directory stated that the Council had provided "tennis
courts, a miniature golf course, a crown bowling green, and a magnificent
lake has been constructed for motor boating and skating".
It is possible that the hard tennis courts were constructed
at this time as the boating lake, and some of the other facilities
The sepia post war picture, above, shows quite a crowd watching
a tennis match on the grass court closest to the building known
as the Tudor refreshment rooms. A more recent addition to the
park is an area for skate boarders, constructed on one of the
The final image is included because it shows a greengrocer's
truck, owned by Roby of Tupton, parked behind the swings. The
Robys used to sell fruit and vegetables on the Hall Leys in the