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Matlock: Pic Tor and Riber Castle, with War Memorial, 1935
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Pic Tor, with the War Memorial. Riber Castle is on the skyline
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The War Memorials

St. Giles Parish Church, Matlock, before 1908

Riber Hillside and Castle

Matlock Bank and Bridge from near the Quarry 1907

Matlock From the Memorial, 1920s

Building the Railway Line to Matlock Station

Dale Road iron bridge

Here are two very similar pictures of Pic Tor, looking down on the massive limestone rock at the entrance to Matlock Dale, the crags of which are partially obscured by the tree cover.

The main feature of both photographs, apart from the Tor itself, is possibly the War Memorial that commemorates those who lost their lives in both World War One and World War Two. The memorial was deliberately built at the top of the Tor so it could be seen from all over Matlock.

Riber Castle dominates the skyline and the tower of Matlock's Parish Church - St. Giles' - peeps through the trees on the Tor, but is lower down the slope that the Memorial. The pathways below Pic Tor, connecting the Hall Leys to the iron bridge opposite the Boat House, can also be seen. The railway line skirts the base of the Tor before going into a tunnel - either the High Tor Tunnel to the right or the one just outside Matlock station over the bridge on the left and just out of shot. The line used to carry passengers between London and Manchester when these pictures were taken, although now terminates at Matlock. Bottom left in the top picture, and only just visible, are buildings next to the bridge over the River Derwent.

Pic Tor, the War Memorial and Riber

In another part of this site see:
The War Memorials Index
About the War Memorials
Matlock's War Memorial, After the Unveiling Ceremony

Henry Moore, in his guide "Picturesque Excursions From Derby to Matlock Bath", shows the church in 1818

1. Top postcard published by W. Gessey - A W Gessey, Bank Road & Dale Road, Matlock. British Manufactured Throughout
The card was posted on 28 April 1935 in Matlock but its message is a personal one and not relevant to picture.
Image rescanned Jan 2012.
2. Bottom postcard "Matlock Pic Tor and Riber Castle", published by Photochrom Co. Ltd., Graphic Studios, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, No 71259
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.