Two more views of the Promenade and
North Parade, both featuring lamp posts that may have
only just been installed when the pictures were taken.
on the previous page shows the nearer lamp post
surrounded by a gazebo.
The lamps were lit by gas and the Local Board, later
the Council, would have had to employ people to both
light and extinguish them. In 1891 Isaac Rowland
was living in Matlock Dale and employed as a lamp lighter,
whilst Edward Woodward of Cromford had
the same occupation.
Ten years later Edward Woodward was living in Matlock
Bath and still working as a lamp lighter, presumably
for Matlock Bath,
and at the same time John Ward of Cromford was doing
the same job.
In 1903 we find that another man, Joseph Pidcock of
Matlock Bath, was also employed as a lamp lighter.
The job wasn't without risk and in 1902 Matlock Bath
District Council were asked to pay a doctor's bill
for a lamp lighter who had fallen from a ladder.
Nor was it well paid. For example, although it
involved a neighbouring Council rather than Matlock
Bath itself, Matlock UDC advertised for a Foreman lamplighter
in 1903 offering wages of 24 shillings per week. They
also advertised for two lamplighters who were only
to light and extinguish lamps who were to be paid 11
shillings per week.
Although the top postcard has a divided back, the
sender ignored it, using the whole of the back for
the name and address of the receiver and writing her
message on the front margin. As well as greeting her
cousin, she was also asking for pictures of Joan of
Arc (Jeanne d'Arc). It is impossible to read any of the
shop signs. There is writing on the sun awning on the
right of the lamp post but the only word that can be
made out is Matlock.
Below is another card of the Promenade and the Parade,
probably photographed from the same spot, that was
used for a Christmas Greeting in 1902.