Posted 1928. Heavy frost in early spring.
Unposted, taken from Salters Lane. Matlock's War Memorial in the foreground,
built in 1921 on the summit of Pic Tor.
Posted 1928, taken from Salters lane. Riber on the skyline over 1 mile away,
the Railway Bridge crossing the River Derwent and the A6 in the foreground.
Exactly in line is the War Memorial, on the summit of Pic Tor.
Unposted. Note the tent.
Riber Castle, near Matlock.
Riber Castle is a mock-Gothic ruin built by John Smedley about
1867 as a summer retreat. Read more about the great man in
The engravings are from a book
by John Smedley, Practical Hydropathy. More engravings
Riber dominates the country side around Matlock. It is perched on a
hill 260 metres (850 feet) above sea level, which is about 200 metres
(600 feet) above Matlock. It looks forbidding. Indeed, it would not
look out of place in a horror movie.
It was designed and built by John Smedley in 1862 as his residence.
The Griststone for the building came from a local quarry and was
carted up hill by a series of pullies. Smedley employed skilled craftsmen.
Plasterers, for example, came from Italy to work on the Castle. There
was electricity and gas, plus a deep well for water. The Castle's salon
The castle remained derelict for many years until, in the 1960s, a group of
zoologists set up a Nature Reserve for British and European Fauna.
This Nature Reserve is no longer open to the public as it closed in
September 2000 amid much criticism.
It is well worth a visit, especially for the views of the surrounding area.
The future of Riber Castle has continued to be the subject of much debate.
Derbyshire Guide website
Posted 1908, addressed:Mr Robinson, 173 Gt Jackson St, Hulme, Manchester.
Taken 1980. Riber empty and boarded, the grounds a Wild-life park
Taken c1888. See also Views by Barber
Photo taken: before 1919
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