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Looking towards Hackney

Allen Hill Farm

From the Vernon Lamb Archive:


W&K's photograph of Matlock Bank from High Tor was taken between the completion of the Pic Tor War Memorial in 1921 and 1926 when another (identical) card was posted. In the foreground we can see the High Tor grounds as well as part of High Tor itself. The large quarry centre left is what became known as the Harvey Dale quarry. There was a tram on Rutland Street; it is a dot here and is only really visible when the picture is enlarged.

Enlargement 1: Bank Road and New Street,
with the Pic Tor Memorial in the foreground.

The War Memorial on the top of Pic Tor looks as if it has only just been erected in the first enlargement, above. It is unclear whether the Cinema House (late the Ritz) had been built, or was possibly being built as there seems to be a large but unfinished development bottom right, just above the word collection. The buildings in the background behind the Memorial show the top of Lime Grove Walk at the St. Joseph's Street junction on the right, some of St. Joseph's Street and St. Joseph's Church on Bank Road on the left.

Enlargement 2 is of the centre left of the main image and shows the junction where Imperial Road and Edge Road
join Woolley Road.

The area around Woolley Road and Imperial Road features considerably less in old postcard views of Matlock Bank than Smedley's Hydro and Bank Road do. There was still not a great deal of development on this part of the Bank in the early 1920s. On the left of Enlargement 2, above, we can see All Saints' School on Dimple Road, some of the houses on Malpas Road and houses on All Saints Road (behind Malpas Road). Lower down Matlock Bank, on the corner of the western end of Edge Road, is a substantial early Edwardian dwelling called The Home Close and just below this property (above the copyright info) is Allen Hill farm.

The Home Close was probably built for Arthur Edward Doar, the manager of Crompton and Evans' Bank[1]. Mr Doar was just 53 when he passed away on 6 Aug 1910 and the bank, seemingly unsuccessfully, advertised the house for sale later the same year[2]. Mr. Doar's widow Esther Louiza was still in residence during the First World War[3]. In 1939 Mrs. Doar was at Scarborough but she returned to Matlock and was a resident of Smedley's Hydro when she died in 1946, aged 87[4].

The Moorley's were living at The Home Close by 1923 and Thomas P Moorley, an owner of Derbyshire cinema houses, died at the property in 1942. Mr. Moorley also owned racehorses and had been the president of the Matlock Club at one time[5].

Birds eye view of MATLOCK, from HIGH TOR. The W & K Postcard, No. 13. British Manufacture. This is a real photograph. Unused. Another card was posted in 1926.
Postcard in the collection, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

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

[1] Mr. Doar managed both the Matlock and Matlock Bath branches of the bank and is found in Kelly's 1895 Directory (Matlock Bridge) | Kelly's 1895 Directory (Matlock Bath) | Kelly's 1899 Directory (Matlock Bridge) | Kelly's 1899 Directory (Matlock Bath). In 1901 the family were living on the bank's premises on Dale Road. Mr. Doar's name is shown living at The Home Close in Kelly's 1908 Directory as well as managing the business in Matlock Bridge and Matlock Bath in the same directory. Mrs Doar and her daughters were at The Home Close in the 1911 census and Mrs. Doar advertised in both Kelly's 1912 Directory and Kelly's 1916 Directory.

[2] "Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", 1 April 1916. Mrs. Doar advertised for a maid.

[3] "Buxton Advertiser", 12 Nov 1910 was one of the papers where an advertisement was placed. It is unclear whether the bank were acting on Mrs. Doar's behalf or whether they owned the property.

[4] U.K. probate records.

[5] Various sources, including Kelly's 1928 Directory and his obituary in the "Derby Daily Telegraph", 11 April 1942. Mr. Moorley was 69 when he died and had lived at The Home Close for over 20 years. His wife had died not long beforehand.