Unposted. Taken c1903.
Unposted. Taken c1903.
Posted 1909. Looking up Bank road.
Bank Road, Matlock
From a "Real photo" postcard, printed about 1910,
showing Masson in the distance. Bank Road still has its tramlines,
the road is 1 in 6, making it one of the steepest tramlines in the World
(the tram was pulled uphill by a buried cable under the road).
The author's family lived in the house on the left, William Doxey helped
design the tramway and he was Clerk of the Works at Smedley's Hydro which
is behind the photographer.
The spire is Matlock Weslyan chapel. The chapel was opened in 1882, but
the spire was not added until 1904.
In 1886 Bank Road was still known as Dob Lane by older people, for whom
the steepness was 'the Devil'. The author's GGGrandmother (aged 80) wrote as
"Charlie Champole? is dead, he was ruptured in his
bowels some years. He went to Derby for a truss, when he came
back he could hardly get up Dob Lane. They had to call up [Dr Hunter]
in the night, he told him there was no hope except he would
undergo an operation. He said he would, they gave him
cloreform ,(I can not spell it right), and cut and took his
bowels out, and put them right and sewed them up again, but he
died with the chloriform (sic). "
Unposted, taken c1905. A real photo PC, so plenty of detail when
enlarged. The spire was built in 1904. Large cinema billboard on left reads
"...Rough Riders of the World". A silent film based on Bufffalo Bill's
show, called "Introduction to Rough Riders of the World" was first
screened in 1903. A two-horse coach with uniformed driver climbs the
1 in 6 Bank Road, it seems empty and may have just delivered a customer
to the railway station from Smedley's or Rockside Hydro. Other interesting
details: sign's reading "Singer Sewing Machines" and "Mortimers
Cleaners". Also, 2 steep-gradient trams in the distance and 2 Union Jacks
flying, and a horse and trap waits just down the road.
Not posted. Message on the back reads:
"This is the Primitive Chapel where I go every Sunday. House(?)
below is the Wesleyans & next to that is our place so the Chapels
are close to, this is Bank Road."
Photo taken: about 1910
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