Although the sender of this postcard
didn't comment on the picture, his message reflected the situation
both in the village and in the country at the time the card
am very relieved that the people here are not like the chap at
Buxton. You have to pay to go anywhere. There are a lot of soldiers
here. I have to get a ration card on Monday as the place is not
registered as a boarding hse".
Rationing was introduced in 1940, just after the outbreak
of the Second World War, and was to continue for 14 years. Some
items became very scarce and rationing was the country's way of
coping with shortages, ensuring everyone was on an equal footing.
The postcard's sender mentions needing a ration card (or ration
book) and he would have needed to register it at one of Matlock
Bath's stores. The sender was lodging at Rose Cottage, on North
Parade, and he clearly needed his coupons.
Matlock Bath was being used by the Army once more, just as it
had been during WW1, though the photograph must have
been taken before the War as there isn't a soldier in sight. Only
people of all ages enjoying looking at the fish. Just past the
fish food dispenser is an elderly male sitting in a wheelchair.
The trees next to the road had been pollarded.
Outside the building on Green Lane, later to become the "Singing
Kettle", is a male wearing overalls; he is standing with his
hands on his hips. Behind him the sign board reads "The
Temple Hotel", though the rest of the text is unclear.
At the far end of the pond is an ice cream van. This was where
Boden's Restaurant had been until 1929; the restaurant unfortunately
caught fire and had to be demolished. The land where it stood was
absorbed into the Pavilion car park.