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The War Memorial on Matlock Bath promenade has been the subject of a large number of postcards over the years. The life size figures of the soldier and sailor on the top were carved from Italian Carrara marble and when it was unveiled in 1921 it was described as being one of the most beautiful memorials in the county[1]. The names of twenty two men who died in the First World War are recorded below the two figures and a further ten names were added to the east side at the end of the Second World War[2].

The top image was probably photographed in the 1930s whereas the image below, from a Ward Lock Guide, was taken some years earlier, possibly not long after the memorial was unveiled. In the top picture there is a wooden rustic seat around one of the trees. You can also see the footpath on the far side of the river although the band stand or band kiosk is hard to spot. It is there, of course, to the right of the memorial partly hidden by the first tree along. At the foot of both memorials is a wreath to commemorate the war dead.

These days, following the road widening in the late 1960s, the boundary with the A6 is much closer to the Memorial and most of the Promenade has gone.


The Promenade, War Memorial and North Parade


There is more information elsewhere on this site about the War Memorial:
About Matlock Bath's Memorial
Unveiling Matlock Bath's War Memorial
Matlock Bath: Remembrance Day, about 1930
North Parade, Matlock Bath, about 1960, which has a more recent coloured picture and is a similar view (see the second image on the page)



About 1900


Before 1903


About 1904-05


Before 1905

    
Before 1904


About 1902

    
About 1905

    
About 1915


1920s


Tufa fountain


Band stand


Road widening
     
Ward Lock cover, 1928
More images from the Ward Lock Guide
The Fish Pond
Matlock Bath from Cat Tor (3), and the Derwent
The Parade

1. "Promenade and Memorial, Matlock Bath". Published by Lilywhite of Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire and is numbered MAT. B. 28. Postally unused, full message to reverse. Difficult to date, but likely to be early 1930's
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
2. Image from Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1928)
From the collection of, provided for this website by and © Ray Ash
The photographs in the book were unlikely to have been taken specifically for the guide and were also not necessarily of the same date the book was published.
Information researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only

References:

[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 2 May 1921.
[2] See the Names on Matlock Bath's War Memorial and learn a little about those who died.