Although this photograph, which dates from the early part
of the twentieth century, was taken from High Tor, the
view is almost the same as that enjoyed today by people
using the Heights of Abraham Cable Car. There has clearly
been some infilling in the intervening years, of course,
but not enough to dramatically change the landscape.
At the bottom of the shot is a row of houses
on Dale Road - Brunswood Terrace. The old quarry, with
Long Tor above
it, shows the strata of the rock at almost 45 degrees to
If you look at the lower edge of the picture, you will
notice a sign-board and in the bottom of the quarry there
are wooden huts. These possibly belonged to the small crushing
plant that used to be in the quarry.
To the left of Brunswood Terrace the long drive leading
to the old vicarage (later the Youth Hostel) goes up the
hillside from Dale Road. A little further away Holme Road
follows the line of the edge of the hillside with The Laurels
at the fork where Brunswood Road branches off towards us.
The house just below the centre of the photograph, but is
sideways on to the camera, is Brunswood House. The
other large building, in the middle but on Holme Road, is
the Clarence. Other houses are harder to see because the
trees are in full leaf.
Although the commercial centre of the village and the river
cannot be seen, the Georgian houses on Temple Walk are in
the middle distance and the Old Pavilion is just about visible.