An early twentieth century photograph of Dale Road, taken from
the top of High Tor. It is similar to Matlock
Bath: Holme Road from High Tor, but the trees are not in leaf here
and the photographer is looking down towards the Derwent
river valley rather than photographing a panorama of the
village. It is was also probably taken slightly earlier
as the trees are less mature.
The group of three storey houses on the roadside
form Brunswood Terrace and we can see also the iron footbridge
spanning the river. The houses stand, like some other properties
in Matlock Bath, on land that had been quarried and the rock
face is not far behind them.
To the left of the terrace is the gated driveway
of the former vicarage and further along are the houses
of Midland Terrace. The Parochial Hall had not been built.
To the right of, and behind, Brunswood Terrace is the quarry.
There is a large hoarding next to the quarrymen's hut. Further
down Dale Road towards Matlock, and on the bottom right
of the picture, is Mr. and Mrs. Whittaker's Derwent House
that stands next to their pop works (the works were eventually
There are various small buildings on the left of the house,
including the one with the sunshade where Mrs. Whittaker
sold souvenirs and trinkets. The other buildings include
the entrance to the cavern that the Whittaker family used
to show to visitors (see next
The excavated quarry area had been part of Key Pasture Wood.
If you look carefully to the left of Brunswood Terrace, slightly
to the right of where the Copper Beeches now are, you can
just about see a pathway going up behind the houses on the
very edge of Long Tor that connected with Masson Road. The
path goes beside a shiny roof which belongs to Brunswood
House - the property has various small conifers in the
front garden. This was the old boundary mentioned in, for
example, the description provided by the Enumerator for the
The Long Tor Quarry was originally owned by Mr S J Claye
of Long Eaton Ironworks. In 1909 the nonagenarian Thomas
Green described what happened when "the first shot was
fired in that beautiful rock", which had been described
by Dr. Darwin as the "Jaws of the Matlock Dale".
Mr Milner, a Matlock solicitor, was passing by on his horse,
and both the horse and its rider took fright! Thomas Green
conducted blasting operations that, in his words, completely
destroyed the beauty of the Long Tor Rock but added that
the quarrying there had provided employment for a large number
of men for many years.
What is also worth noting are both the number of pedestrians
and the lack of vehicles. There are a couple of horse drawn
carts waiting by the entrance to the station approach.