Matlock & Lumsdale
Matlock, Derbys. Sat 29 Dec 2018
We were waiting for around 20 minutes for my son to arrive on the
main road in Matlock Green and I took
several pictures of the shop and garage opposite
and of the Red Lion where we were staying - comfortable and very friendly
- and some good local beer
The funeral directors opposite was Thomas Greatorex and Sons, in business
Almshouses 'To the Glory of God' and in memory of William Harrison,built
by his sister to "provide rest for the aged poor"
They date from 1897-8. By Willam Doxey
St Giles on the top of a hill in Old Matlock. The first record of
a church here was in 1296. There has been
considerable rebuilding since, particularly in the nineteenth century.
I walked up a footpath from Matlock Green towards Lumsdale
and didn't turn down this path, though I came up it on my way back
The path ends on Lumsdale Road opposite Tansley Wood Mills
Bentley Brook flows down next to the road
Lumsdale Mill is still in use
The Lower Bleach Mill is at the bottom end of the Arkwright Society's
The Bentley Brook descends steeply beside the Upper Bleach Mill
There is no access to either the Lower Bleach Mill
or the Upper Bleach Mill
A path with steps and a rail leads up beside the stream
and you can clamber down a more dangerous path beside the stream,
with slippery muddy areas
The path I came down is at the left of the picture. There were other
photographers, including some standing in the stream just behind me
I took a lot of pictures - just a few of them here. A slightly slower
shutter speed gives some blurring of the water, without removing all the
I climbed back up to here and waited for other photographers to get
out of my way
then walked further up on the official path.
The ruins here are I think from another mill, the Grinding Mill
And I could look down from the top of the falls I had been photographing
- and on other photographers still at the
top of the rough path I had clambered down, and, just visible, a couple
of others where I had gone down.
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londons industrial history
lea valley / river lea
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