Whilst many photos and postcards have been published of High Tor,
the vast majority were not taken by photographers who were born
or lived in the Matlocks. Here are just two that were locals.
The top image is from is a Carte de Visite (CDV) taken by the
Matlock Bath photographer William Potter and probably dates from
the 1890s, though it could have been earlier. A second view
of High Tor by Potter, also in CDV format, can be seen on the
The second photograph (below) was taken by Thomas Meredith Henshall,
also of Matlock Bath. Both men photographed High Tor from
the same position, or almost the same, and they have captured the
wonderful reflections in and light on the water. Henshall's picture
is an early twentieth century view, by which time the suspension
bridge had been built over the Derwent. It is hard to see, but
it is there.
William Bray described High Tor in 1783:
"Between the Bath and the village of Matlock,
the ride is equally romantic with the entrance of the dale ;
but in one place the rock, from its superior height and boldness,
has acquired the name of Matlock great or high Torr.
It is said the perpendicular height is 140 yards. About half
way up it is covered with underwood, without any great trees
; the upper part is perpendicular, and almost entirely bare,
only here and there is a small tree hanging out of a crevice.
The river runs close to the foot, and by the intervention of
a ledge of stone, forms a considerable cascade. The strata of
stone here, exactly correspond with those on the opposite side
of the vale ; a proof that some violent convulsion has rent them
Bray, who was
hoping to convey some of the pleasure he had on his journey through
Derbyshire and Yorkshire to his readers,
wrote an almost timeless description. It could equally have been
written when these two photographs were taken.
More views of High Tor on this web site taken by local people:
View, Matlock Bath by Calitta M. Tinti (née Whittaker)
the Vernon Lamb Archive: VLA 9861, High Tor
High Tor, by Frank Clay