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Visitors - Travelling by Motor Charabanc

Looking towards High Tor from Dale Road. On the left is the gateway and steps up to the Parochial Hall. To the right is quite a large parking area that was owned and managed by Matlock Bath District Council, roughly opposite where the Copper Beeches are today. There are two gateways in the boundary wall (lower centre of the photo) which would have led down to the river. At least one of them was blocked off with barbed wire.

The large sign board displayed a range of the Council's Parking Charges. To the right of the sign is a charabanc and a group of people were buying tickets, possibly from a man seated beside the vehicle. The stones just in front of this, beside the main road, are where the old water trough was. The trough was filled with water for the horses; there was also a dish underneath for smaller animals, such as sheep, to drink from. After the road was widened it was taken to Cromford Wharf where it remained rather forgotten and neglected for some time. Fortunately, it was moved more recently to the part of Derby Road where Dyson & Clough's used to be and is now filled with flowers[1].

There is a warning lamp on the lamp post, but the web mistress is not quite sure why it was there.

Car enthusiasts might be interested to know that the car's registration number was DX 7381, and this was issued in Ipswich in either 1927 or 1928[2]. There seems to be a motor bike next to the car, too, mostly hidden by the stone wall.

Original postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only


[1] From conversations with Ken Smith.
[2] Information kindly supplied by The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, who provide a research service for those wishing to identify vehicles (the external link will open in a new window).