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Probably photographed shortly after the First World War, this postcard also shows the spire of Matlock's Congregational Church which was built in 1886. The church roof caught fire in August 1969 (reported in Matlock Mercury) and the church was subsequently demolished.

Although it can't be read on an image of this size, the signboard of Lilybank Hydro is behind a low wall at the road junction of Chesterfield Road and Smedley Street East. Lilybank, formerly Dalefield, had re-opened in the summer of 1915. It had been decorated and refurnished. H. E. Hartley was the Manager and the Gentleman's and Ladies Attendants were Mr. Joseph Frost and Mrs Lever (Clara Wragg)[1]. In 1916 Mrs. Ivy Harvey replaced Mr. Hartley[2].

The gap in the wall on the left is the driveway of the Presentation Convent, formerly Chesterfield House Hydro. On the skyline we can just about make out the silhouette of the Victoria Tower on the Heights of Abraham ( about a third of the way along from the left).

Masson Hill, seen from Chesterfield Road, Matlock. Card unposted but published by Charles Colledge, Smedley Street, Matlock.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Jane Leslie.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links go to further information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] "Sheffield Daily Telegraph", 21 July 1915 and other newspapers. Advertisement announcing the Re-Opening.

[2] "Sheffield Independent", 31 July 1916.