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Matlock: Pic Tor & Riber Castle, 1928
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Riber Castle and Hill

Pathways to Riber Castle, and Riber House Farm

Riber in Winter

Mr. Chippett's School at Riber

This photograph was taken at a different time of year from the two pictures on the previous page as there are wreaths at the base of the War Memorial. It was also taken a few years earlier. We don't see the Tor itself here, just the summit, with houses in Matlock town nestling into the hillside behind it before the land rises again to the summit of Riber. The footpath from Matlock Town up to Riber snakes up the hillside. The small boys from Riber School would scurry down the path to go to their swimming lessons at the Fountain Baths; presumably, there weren't so quick on the journey back up the hill. There are curtains at the Castle's windows, though you might not be able to pick them out on this image.

Until the memorial was built there was nothing on the top of Pic Tor though the land was used occasionally. In August 1893, for example, there was a newspaper report of about 4,000 people attending "on Tuesday, in glorious weather, a brass band concert [that] took place on the Pig Tor Rocks, Matlock Town, the first for the last twelve years"[1]. Prize money of £30 were split between solo cornet and quickstep contests and a test piece. The concert wasn't just open to locals as the bands who took part came from Eccles, Bradford (Manchester), Denton, Glossop, Pleasley, and Rotherham, with local representation from Lea Mills. The War Memorial was built so it could be seen for miles around, so undoubtedly the band concert would have also been seen, and probably heard, by people living some distance away.

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

"Pic Tor and Riber Castle Matlock Bath", published by Valentine & Sons, Dundee and London, No.204470, dating from 1928.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] The Derby Mercury (Derby, England), Wednesday, August 16, 1893