On the right is Evans' Parade Restaurant and Cafe and the large
sign board next to the window on the first floor announces
that it can seat 300 people. In the early 1920s John Evans
ran the confectionery shop on the left hand side and his
brother Walter was a tobacconist.
Frank Clay remembered chocolate figures of cowboys and
policemen being on display when he was a boy.
John's daughter Belle and her husband Harold Charles Crowder took
over and although the business was often referred to locally
as Crowder's Parade Restaurant it still kept the Evans'
name. An advertisement from Harold Crowder's time, when
they had just enlarged the premises, is below.
Next door was the Central Restaurant,
run for many years by Frederic Dalton.
In 1932 Messrs. Dalton & Sons announced that they had
accommodation for picnic parties of 500. There was a lock up
shop run by Miss Grace Cardin between the entrances to the
Mr. Dalton's daughter, Mrs. Latimer, eventually took over
at the Central Cafe and incorporated the lock up shop into
On the other side of the passageway leading to Valley Steps
(which is just level with the lamp post) is the only single
storey building on the Parade. Long gone are the smart dining
rooms run by Charles Etches and then George Ratcliffe that
had occupied the premises before the First World War (see
links on the right). At the time this photograph was taken
it appears to be divided into either two, or maybe three,
and the sign above the shop unit closest to the camera advertises
E. J. Steeples, Butcher. There are trestles outside his shop
as he was also a general dealer. Another
sign is mostly obscured from view but it is below the semicircular
shape on the roof line. It could say News, but that is speculative.
There is then the rather narrow two storey unit that afterwards
became the Canadian Stores;
on the far side of the shop doorway is a pillar box which
had been removed a few years later. Jutting out from the
half of Rockvale House closest to the camera (i.e. the next
tall building) is a sign for Matlock Bath Post office which
was replaced by the
1930s advertisements, for Evans' Parade Restaurant and Dalton's
Central Cafe, from the Official Matlock Guide are below.