This pretty hand coloured Edwardian card is very similar to the
next postcard - but look carefully at the arched window
in the end of the building on the left on both cards. This
image was also used in a "multiview" elsewhere
on this site (scroll down the page). It may have been taken
not long after the death of Queen Victoria as the women are
all wearing black
On the extreme right is the Petrifying Well and one man
stands in the doorway whilst another is seated outside -
just to the right of the group of four women, one of whom
is carrying a cane. There are two more figures, one definitely
female, to the left of them. There is a board of photographs
hanging on the wall to the right of the man in the doorway.
The spar and marble shop window next to the Well - the "Museum" -
has a sunshade pulled out over the window to protect the
goods on display. Slightly down the road from it is a very
early automobile (or possibly a carriage) and there's another
vehicle, only partly visible but horse-drawn, opposite Hodgkinson's
Standing in the roadway in the foreground are three male
figures and there are plenty of shoppers or day trippers
on the left hand pavement.
There is a clear view of the Upper
Tower on the Heights of Abraham on the hillside above
and, slightly lower down and to the right, is the
terrace of the Great Rutland Cavern.
The card's sender wrote:
"How do Edith? This is a beautiful countryside.
Spent yesterday at Matlock & district. The scenery
is most charming".
Since first putting this postcard online the webmistress
has been given another version of this card. On the second
picture, the thin wedge shaped building on the opposite side
of the bottom of The Pitchings from Hodgkinson's has two
large crosses on it (not shown here). The message said:
"Where I have put the crosses is Uncle
Peter's business, Kind Regards, NP"
The second card was sent just a few days earlier on 7 Aug
1905 from Matlock. "Uncle Peter" was Peter Reeds;
he had a Grocery & Confectionery shop at 1 North Parade and
is probably standing outside his shop on the Museum
Parade & The Pitchings photo, 1909.