A very tranquil view of
Holy Trinity Church and the River Derwent, taken from the Lovers'
Walks on the opposite bank. The church spire soars over the
Switchback Railway in the Derwent Gardens. Boats could be hired
from the landing stage on the river's edge and there was a ferry
station just out of the picture on the right.
It is striking just how empty the river bank was as even in less
than ideal weather there were usually visitors and the Switchback
was always busy during the season. Perhaps it was early morning.
There is an amusing story of an occurence in early October 1902,
when Matlock was"rapidly emptying". Late visitors to
the village found the Derwent enveloped in a thick pall of mist. "Matlock
was wrapped from end to end in white mysteriousness. The precipitous
crags and lofty masses of trees were but faint shadows. The whole
of the valley was itself a ghostly world ... All that could be
detected of the Switchback was the sound of screams of laughter,
by which one inferred that parties, totally invisible, were riding
up and down in the fog".
... Fortunately, when the remaining visitors woke the next morning
all had changed and Matlock Bath was bathed in bright sunshine.
The local paper advised its readers that: "Now, acordingly,
is the time to spend a week at Matlock, with only its scenery
for company, and in a few days' time, to watch the autumn dye
the green Derwent Dale yellow, red, and purple".
The pretty Art Noveau design, below,
is a coloured version of the top picture from the same publisher
but was unfortunately wrongly labelled. It may say
"St. John's Church, Matlock, from the Derwent, Derbyshire" but
either the publisher or the printer didn't do his homework! It
seems strange that a company should print the same image,
and yet get the name of the church so totally wrong.
1 and 2. "Holy Trinity Church, Matlock from the Derwent".
Printed for the 'Philco' Publishing Co. Ltd. for A Peters, Midland
Road, Derby. Greetings from Derbyshire. [Printed in] Saxony [under
stamp]. Posted 14 Jul 1913 at Derby. Personal message.
3. "St. John's Church, Matlock, from the Derwent, Derbyshire" [sic]
Published by The Philco Publishing Co., Holborn Place, London, WC,
Series 1130 - Printed at the works in Germany.
Posted 23 Jul 1916. Another card of this design was posted in 1910.
From the collection of, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
ntended for personal use only.