Two Edwardian views of the pathway beside the River Derwent at the
foot of Matlock's Pic Tor.
In 1902 Matlock UDC had agreed to complete the footpath
from Hall Leys Promenade along the riverside as far as Dale
Road iron bridge. Frederic Arkwright and the High Tor Company
were to let the necessary land to the Council and seats were
to be placed at intervals along the walk.
At the end of March 1903 the Council had distributed the seats
and the walk was almost ready.
Once the Pic Tor Walk was completed it was described in a 1903
is a newly formed, and very interesting, short walk. Go down
Hall Lees by river-side towards Matlock Green. Pass through Knowlstone
Place Gardens, and along by Pic Tor Rock, to Dale Road, leading
into Matlock Bath Road".
In the middle distance of the top picture are properties on Dale
Road and the railway bridge is just behind the tree in the centre
of the photograph. Just below and to the right of the buildings,
and actually on the riverbank, is a gap in the wall where some
people are either standing or sitting. This was the garden of the
former Derwent Temperance Hotel.
About 1950, when the proprietress was a Miss Winifred Loukes, the
Derwent Hotel was advertised as the only commercial hotel in Matlock
that was actually on the bank of the river.
There is also a rowing boat in the water, which presumably belonged
to the hotel.
Whitsuntide 1904 found the Matlocks ready to receive more visitors
than ever if the weather was fine and the Pic Tor Promenade was reported
to be a favourite walk for tourists.
The visitors, whether they were staying at one of Matlock's
many hydropathic establishments or had arrived by charabanc for the
day, would have enjoyed strolling along the river bank.
Above is a very similar view, taken perhaps a couple of years
later. Behind the central tree is the arch of the railway bridge
where it crosses the river and the square arch where the bridge
spans the road. They can also be seen in the top picture, but here
they are clearer.
The top postcard was sent home to his relatives by a young
Australian man whilst visiting England to study music. There's
another card from the same collection on this website.
Bath's South Parade, 1909, & Boden's Baker & Confectioner
The same view, called "High
Tor Walk, Matlock Bridge" was published as a coloured
There are more Williamson family postcards on Rosemary Lockie's
Postcard of The Way in from Coxbench, Little Eaton
Postcard of Old Bleach Mill, Little Eaton