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Victoria Prospect Tower




Lovers' Walks and River Derwent. The girls are also playing with hoops.



A light sprinkling of snow covers the roof tops in the Dale as well as the tops of the walls and snow has also settled on the road. On the skyline is the Victoria Tower and the slopes of the Heights of Abraham below the Tower haven't escaped a dusting, yet there was none on High Tor.

In Victorian and Edwardian times children were often photographed with hoops. The three young boys here are standing at the bottom of St. John's Road. The boy on the left, lolling against the wall, is holding a short stick which would be used to trundle the hoop along. The boys had been playing for a while as, when the picture is blown up, you can see the hoop's tracks in the snow. By going up the slope they would probably get up quite a speed when they rolled it back downhill. Hoops of assorted sizes, made of either wood or metal, were popular with both boys and girls and they also used them for skipping. The hoop was to re-emerge as the hula-hoop in the 1950s and 1960s when the skill was to keep it circling one's waist for as long as possible!


"The Dale, Matlock Bath", Boots Cash Chemists "Pelham" Series. Although this card was not posted, another of the same scene was posted on 4 Aug 1807 at Matlock Bath and sent to Miss Corby at Great Yarmouth. Message not relevant.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ray Ash.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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