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Lilybank Hydro

Smedley's Hydro centenary

The following views are shown on the Valentine's pretty scallop edged postcard above:
High Tor | Heights of Abraham
Fish Pond
North Parade Gardens (not on the card, but G9651, registered 1938) | The Derwent (H8451, registered 1950)

The selection here were published before the A6 was widened and well before the introduction of digital cameras. Colour reproduction wasn't always perfect, of course, but multiviews remained a cheap way of showing numerous views of where you were visiting. The scalloped edged card above was particularly attractive.

We see the village emerging from another war and the memorial, set in much wider gardens than it is today, features on many multiviews and single view cards from this time. Whilst some of the scenes on each card are post war others date from between the wars and, curiously, one of the images is from before 1900. It was published on at least two of the postcards. And although a few images are on more than one postcard there seem to be a wide range of views.

Only one of these six images has a number, which is the picture of the Fishpond (H8452). It dates from 1950.
However, the Pavilion image is G9650 and was published pre-war - in 1938.
Many images of High Tor have been taken over the years but here the publishers (Valentines) appear to have
used a Switzerland View image, top centre, that they first published before 1900.
See: High Tor, Switzerland View and scroll down and to the two bottom images. Compare the chimney smoke.

Heights of Abraham | Fish Pond
High Tor
Promenade Gardens | South Parade
An unknown person had written on the back of this Coates card "A Happy Christmas and New Year".
There was no signature, but the was card sent to the father of the web mistress.
It wasn't uncommon to use post cards instead of Christmas cards.

This Valentines card also contains images from both before and after WW2.
The photograph of the Pavilion, top left, was also used on the second card down.
The picture of The Derwent, bottom right, was published post war.
You can see it on: The Derwent at Matlock Bath, 1950.
Also of note is the oval image, already mentioned on the card two above. It dates from 1892.
Chimney smoke simply would not be the same on two different pictures!

It was originally though that this postcard was from the inter war period.
The five images are:
Gardens to Memorial | View from Temple Walk
Riber Castle
The Promenade | Promenade & Lovers' Walk, K5009
This last image seems to have been also produced by a different publisher as Lovers' Walks and the Band Stand

1. "Matlock Bath" (multiview, with scalloped edge, 5 images). Published by Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee & London. © Susan Tomlinson collection.
2. "Matlock Bath" (multiview, 6 images). Published by Valentine & Sons Ltd., Dundee & London. This is a real photograph. Unnumbered but printed in Great Britain. Unused.
3. "Greetings from Matlock Bath" (multi view]. Published by H. Coates, Wisbech. Nene Series, No.4162. Real Photograph. British Made. Unposted but another was posted in 1953.
4. "Matlock Bath (multiview, 5 images). Published by Valentine & Sons, Ltd., Dundee and London but is unnumbered. One of their Throughout the World Series. Printed in Great Britain. This is a real photograph. It is unused, but the stamp box is interesting. The penny postal rate introduced in 1925 was increased to 2d in 1940. This card has a box showing it would still cost a penny to post providing the greeting message was limited to five words.
5. "Matlock Bath" [multiview]. No publisher. Printed in Great Britain. © Susan Tomlinson collection.
Images 2, 3 and 4 © Ann Andrews collection.
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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