Percy Rowbottom's photograph of crowds in North Parade.
"Nature was kind to the dwellers in the working regions
of the Midlands when she placed Matlock [Bath] in so central
a position. The iron workers of the Black Country, the toilers
in the dingy streets in the Potteries, the cloth weavers of Yorkshire,
and the cotton spinners of Lancashire, are all within from forty
to sixty miles of this miniature Switzerland ; and from any of
the great four manufacturing districts a Saturday excursion to
Matlock and back allows them to explore the many features of
The sign for the Derwent Arcade, centre right, advertises "Novelties"
for sale and walking sticks were for sale amongst the goods displayed
on the pavement beneath the glass canopy. Several pedestrians
were using walking sticks as a fashion item; it was common then
but more unusual today.
On the left is a horse drawn vehicle, probably waiting for passengers
who had arrived at Matlock Bath Station.