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Pic Tor Promenade

Pic Tor, the Cycle Track and Matlock Green

The Quarries

A beautiful summer's day beside River Derwent. Both these views of Pic Tor looking towards Matlock Green and Knowleston Place, where the riverbank widens out, were probably photographed in the years shortly after the walk was opened. They were taken close to the Dale Road railway bridge.

At a meeting of the Matlock Improvements Association in 1908 the secretary, Mr. Barnes, stated that the Midland Railway had been provided with views of Matlock for their railway carriages and the committee had requested him to arrange a new series including one of the pretty Pic Tor promenade and its environs. It was good publicity for a town attracting visitors to Matlock as a health and pleasure resort[1]. It was also something different from the images of High Tor that had previously been used to publicise Matlock.

The buildings of Knowleston Place can be seen through the gap in the trees.

1. "Matlock. Pic Tor". "Celesque" Series postcard, published by the Photochrom Co. Ltd., London and Tunbridge Wells. No. F.32685. Not posted.
2. "Pie [sic] Tor Walk, Matlock". One of Valentine's Picture Panels of Matlock & District. Twelve Real Photos, printed in Great Britain. No.61----. About 1909.
Postcards in the collection of and © Ann Andrews.
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] "Belper News", 29 May 1908. Adding to Matlock's Attractions.