Charles Gale's Gift Shop on Matlock Bath's North Parade, with a
window display packed with all kinds of desirable items - "fancy
- for the tourist trade. Over the doorway is an advertisement for
musical greetings cards, suitable for 45 rpm record players.
The sign advertising the shop's wares was hand painted onto the
glass; this was a commission undertaken by Frank Clay when sign
writing was one of his specialities. Mr. and Mrs. Gale lived at
Rockvale House over their shop for nine years. When Mr. Gale first
took over the shop, which he bought from Mr. Anstey of Chesterfield,
there was a ladies' hairdressers behind the premises run by Mrs.
Kay Smith. Mr. Gale bought the residential property above from
Josh Whittaker a little while later.
The shop was the Post Office until recently (there
is currently no post office in Matlock Bath) although the Post
Office in the Gales' time was a few doors down the Parade. Photographs
from the early part of the twentieth century show that the building
used to have a wrought iron balcony at first floor level, similar
to the one shown on the property to the right. It is unclear when
the balcony was removed but perhaps when the first floor window
was replaced or repaired. The green painted window to the left
belongs to what was the George Hotel.