A quiet North Parade.
On the right of the photograph is the arched entrance
of the George Hotel; the name is written in white paint
around the arch, something not seen on earlier images. Above
it hangs a sign announcing that "Home
Brewed Fine Ales" were
available on the premises and another sign, on the right
side of the arch, reads "Lunches Plus Garage".
The wheel of a bicycle is just visible in the
entrance way to the garage.
The three women in the foreground are wearing clothes from
around the 1920s or so. Behind them is the rather splendid
glass covered canopy that used to be outside what was Boden's
shop and the sign reads "Harry
Harry Boden married Winifred Donegani at St. Giles in 1907
and the couple ran their confectionery and grocery business
on North Parade until the early 1960s. They had a big meat
slicing machine in a room immediately behind the shop and
there was, apparently, a big room at the back that the
Matlock Bath W.I. used for basket making, etc in the 1950s.
On the left hand side of the road, hiding the Promenade
from view, is a long length of canvas that used to be placed
around the Promenade and Lovers' Walks during holiday times.
It is shown on several images of North Parade.
In 1931 the Matlocks Urban Council discussed this issue following
an appeal for its removal from the Matlock Publicity Association.
Some Councillors felt the canvas should go but Councillor
Baxter pointed out that, having arranged for acrobats to
perform on the Promenade, the Council would not get its money
back if the canvas was removed as it would allow the public
to view the entertainments without paying the entrance fee.