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This would be almost the first view the early travellers would have had of High Tor when they entered the Dale from the northern end. Writers describe the scene so eloquently in various tourist guides[1]. Minus the rather conspicuous telegraph poles, of course!

The photographer would have been standing almost on the boundary between Matlock and Matlock Bath to take his picture. Just round the bend is Artists' Corner. The road on the right that rises quite steeply up the hill used to be little more than a trackway. It goes to Common Wood and you can reach The Rocks, Cliff House, St. John's Church and Masson Farm as well as access a footpath to Matlock Bath[2].

On the very edge of the photo is the glasshouse that was in the grounds of "Ferry Cottage". Years earlier the ferry was available from here and was where, in 1851, the Matlock and Matlock Bath carrier Mrs. Betty Brinsley lived[3].


"Matlock Dale" Neil's Series, No. 1745. Posted 30 May 1912 at Matlock (an identical card was posted in 1908).
Sent to Miss Bassett, Leeds: "I am still very busy with in the Sermons - I will send you the Hymns - Elsie"
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information written, researched by and © Ann Andrews
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured hyperlinks are to transcripts elsewhere on this web site):

[1] See the Guides Index for transcripts or read Adam's "Gem of the Peak"

[2] Mason farm and the top of Cliff house can be seen on Matlock Bank from Masson

[3] The greenhouses are shown on Matlock, The Quarries and there is more information about Betty Brinsley on the same page. See her 1851 census entry