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Past Matlock & Matlock Bath photographers

John Allen Potter & Family

Dale Road, about 1895

Holme Road from High Tor

View from Starkholmes 1908

A card of Brunswood Terrace on the road towards Matlock, taken by the Matlock Bath photographer William Potter,. This picture was taken to Canada by John Allen Potter when he emigrated in 1913 and is part of a collection of photos of both his birthplace and relatives. John was born at the "Mill House", Darley Bridge. His grandson, Denis, who has very kindly sent the image, thinks this card may not have been looked at for almost 100 years. The trees have grown up in the meantime and the road is not quite so peaceful. It must have been taken from the iron bridge which crosses the river and connects to the station and the path to Starkholmes.

The reverse side of the photograph
of Brunswood Terrace

Mrs Robinson, whose name is written on the back of the card, kept apartments at 4 Brunswood Terrace.

William Potter set out as a Marble Worker's Apprentice. But by the 1881 census, when he was living in Matlock Dale, he was a draper's traveller and photographer. His wife, Louisa, was working alongside him as a photographer's printer although in 1891 she was the proprietor of a fancy repository on Derwent Parade. William kept up his photography business and became the collector to the Urban District Council and assistant overseer. He advertised in several trade directories.

Images kindly donated by Denis Potter © 2004

References (coloured links are to information elsewhere on this website):

There is more about William Potter. See Photographers

William Potter is also mentioned in several on site census transcripts: 1851 census | 1861 census | 1881 census | 1891 census | 1901 census |

He appears in all but the 1916 Directory, where Mrs. Robinson is named
Kelly's 1876 Directory | Kelly's 1891 Directory | Kelly's 1895 Directory | Kelly's 1899 Directory | Kelly's 1908 Directory | Kelly's 1916 Directory