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Matlock Bath Station (one of several pictures)

A series of snow scenes in the area around Matlock Bath station.
If these pictures were taken during the winter of 1962-3, which is probable, it was one of the coldest winters on record and the coldest since 1740. The winter was also known as the Big Freeze of 1963.

The top photograph shows the Station Bridge that was built in 1849, the Midland Hotel and the beginning of North Parade. The shop on the corner at the bottom of Holme Road - with the sun awning out - was Fairbanks, a ladies' dress shop. They also had shops in Green Lane and Market Street in Derby.

Station, snow
The station against the backdrop of the hill up to Starkholmes and Riber.
Behind the station, in the Bath Fields, are some farm buildings. This was a caravan park in the 1970s.
Matlock Bath station was just one of the many listed for closure in 1963 under Dr. Beeching's plans for restructuring the railways and cut out the uneconomic routes ("The Times", 28 Mar 1963. Complete List Of The Passenger Stations And Halts To Be Closed).
The waiting room on the down platform and the signal box had not yet been removed as the station continued to operate for a few years after this. It closed in 1967 but re-opened in the spring of 1972 ("Long Eaton Advertiser", 26 May 1972).

Station, snow
Station Approach. The main station building was designed to look like a Swiss chalet.

Opposite the midland Hotel, snow
The view from the bridge, opposite the Midland Hotel.

See Famous British Winters (an external link)

Photographs taken by, in the collection of, provided by and © Ken Smith
Research provided by and © Ann Andrews.
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