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High Tor and the Colour Works

A view of the Dale below High Tor that is only a little different from that seen today[1]. Bottom right are the buildings of the former Colour Works. Amongst the houses on the left of the road are Riversdale, Glenna Cottage (now renamed) and Heath Bank. Almost in the centre, in an elevated position round the next bend in the road, we can see The Rocks on St. John's Road.

"The high-road along Matlock Dale, through which the Derwent ripples, with the towering heights of Masson on the one side, and on the other the precipitious cliff which form the river frontage of the High Tor, present a picture of rare charm, though in some places somewhat disfigured by quarry workings"[2].

Although this card was posted in 1911 the original photograph, taken by Valentine's of Dundee, dates from almost twenty years earlier. The publisher's number for this card follows on from a similar view, " Matlock. Switzerland View" (JV-17500) which was registered by Valentine's in 1892.

"Matlock Dale from Long Tor". Postcard published by Valentine's Series, Souvenir Post Card No.17501. Printed in Great Britain. Posted 8 Aug 1911 in Derby.
This image replaces a slightly grainy black and white version that was published in Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", (Series, 1926-7).
From the collection of, written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] See Matlock Bath Today (4) - first image is very similar.

[2] Ward Lock & Co's Guide (Series, 1926-7). The nearest working quarries of that time can be seen on Dale Road from High Tor (Long Tor quarry) and Matlock Dale: Artists' Corner from High Tor, 1920s (Flax Quarry). Further afield were Matlock, The Quarries and Boat House Hotel & Quarry.