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Matlock Bath from the Heights of Jacob, 1908
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Looking down on North Parade from the Heights of Jacob, 1908
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Heights of Jacob

The view to both the north and the east from just below the Heights of Jacob, looking down on the River Derwent and North Parade. Photographs taken from the Heights of Jacob have been a popular subject for postcards over the years. The picture is unusual in that it was taken from lower down the hillside than the more common panoramas on the next page. Whilst we cannot really see High Tor (the lighter green hillside on the left) in this image, we can see Riber and its castle, plus Starkholmes, on the opposite hillside. Judging by the freshness of the greenery this picture shows Matlock Bath in the early summer.

The photographer was standing in the large field close to the bottom of Orchard Road, just above the junction with West Bank. There had been an Old Lime Kiln in the field, shown on Ordnance Survey maps from the 1880s until the 1930s, but by the 1960s it was described as just a disused shaft. Of note are the strongly built stone walls on either side of Orchard Road, especially the one behind the Temple Hotel which is the long white building, bottom right. Waterloo Road, with Belle Vue House and Wellington House, winds up the hillside centre left until it meets the top of Holme Road beside the Round House. Just peeping out from behind the trees, top left, is part of the Lower Towers.

No publisher's name is provided but the card was posted on 3 Aug 1908 at Matlock Bath and sent to Miss Perry who was staying at Rhydymnoyn, near Mold.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.