Matlock Bath North Parade, 1908, with the shops and businesses
of Derwent Parade further along the road. The Methodist Church
spire can be seen further along the Parade and the houses on
the left are Fountain Villas. The railings on the right protected
those strolling along the Promenade although they were really
designed to keep people out. They were installed over the winter
of 1905-6, following the Matlock Bath Improvement Act coming
into force, and
are higher and more ornate than those placed along the roadside
when the Promenade was first developed
(see The Parade).
Some of the Fountain Villas properties were either boarding or
lodging houses and others were private homes. During the 1870s
and 1880s Helen Elizabeth & Frances
Julianna Peall ran a "ladies' school" in one of the houses
(No.3) and a few
years after this card was posted Miss Fanny Picken, principal of
a girls' school, was living at No.1. Amongst the people living
here in 1908 were Mrs. Elizh Bridgett, Mrs. Elizabeth
Robinson who later moved to Brunswood Terrace, Miss Annie Lymn
and Frederic Charles Lymn - the solicitor & commissioner
& clerk to Matlock Bath & Scarthin Nick Urban District Council.
Several Monkey Puzzle trees or Chile pines (Araucaria araucana),
which are native to the Southern Hemisphere, were and still are
grown in Matlock Bath. Of the two trees shown in this picture,
the larger one is no longer growing but the other tree remains,
with two further specimens close by.
There was another on the Promenade near the War Memorial.
The card was posted in Matlock Bath on 3 May 1908 to Miss
Blacham at Chesterfield from L Exford, probably Laura Exford who
was born in Chesterfield and living there in 1901. "This view
is just above my shop".