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North Parade and Fountain Villas just before the First War. One of the houses has a young monkey puzzle tree in the front garden, which can also be seen in the previous image, dating from 1908. Interestingly, the horse and cart are in the same position as shown in the 1908 image, which could suggest this was a stopping point; however, it is more likely to have been either someone delivering goods to one of the houses or to be someone who lived in one of the properties. The vehicle's driver is standing, but bending over as if disembarking, and behind him is a sort of tarpaulin or cover; the fact that his sleeves were rolled up probably indicates that he was delivering goods. The men were all wearing the flat caps and the male on the pavement, standing next to the wall, was wearing long boots and riding breeches. He could have been a cab driver.

Close by is a street lamp. It is not easy to tell, but it looks as if it was a gas light.

We can see the new metal railings and gate fencing separating the Promenade from the main road. Presumably the spikes above the gateway were to prevent unwanted visitors from clambering over the railings.

A large group of people are clustered round the shops further along the Parade, past the church, almost as if they are the first batch of trippers off the train on a Bank Holiday trip to the village. They are also in the roadway, possibly crossing the road from Station Approach.

"North Parade, Matlock Bath". Published by O.F. (Stengel & Co., Ltd.) Post Card Publ., London N, No. E 38553[1]. Posted on 2 Jul 1913 at Bridlington and sent to Miss Brown at Chesterfield. Message not relevant
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only


[1] It has proved quite difficult to find out much about this publisher but the London Post Office Directory of 1910 [Vol. II. Part 1: Trades & Professional Directory] shows an O. Flaminger or Flammger of South works, South Tottenham, North London and in London's 1915 Post Office Directory the same name appears as a Fine Art Printer of Fleet Street.