High Tor, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire English Vintage inspired travel poster

Product code: S-15042 MILL

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Vintage inspired poster showing High Tor, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England by Stephen Millership.

High Tor
The imposing High Tor, which dominates Matlock Dale below, is reputed to be the last place in England where eagles nested.

This popular attraction was upgraded by Derbyshire Dales District Council as part of the Matlock Parks Project, an ambitious £3.6m five-year Heritage Lottery Fund supported programme to restore five historic parks and pleasure grounds. The project was completed in 2008.

Geological activity left a variety of minerals and ores which have been mined in the Matlock Valley for centuries, lead being the most dominant it having been mined in the area since Roman times.

High Tor contains numerous lead mines with the most obvious being near the summit now known as Fern and Roman Caves. Workings are recorded here from the 16th to the 18th centuries. An earlier origin is possible, although there is no evidence for Roman working, despite the popular name.

A growing number of visitors came to Matlock Bath during the 18th and early 19th centuries to sample the thermal waters, as first the French Revolution and then the Napoleonic Wars raged in Europe. Then in 1849 the railway arrived, bringing day trippers.

This growing visitor pressure prompted the High Tor Grounds to be created and opened to the public by their owner Peter Arkwright (grandson of Sir Richard Arkwright, founder of the mills at nearby Cromford).

New walks and a carriage ride to the summit were created, along with the cliff ledge path 'Giddy Edge'. The two lead mines - Fern and Roman 'Caves' - were opened as official visitor attractions.

High Tor continued to be a tourist attraction when in 1879 the Matlock and High Tor Recreation Company leased the grounds from the Arkwright family and reopened the grounds in 1880 complete with new entrance from Matlock Bath and a refreshment building on the summit.

Although the grounds were bought by Matlock Urban District Council in 1924, the Matlock and High Tor Recreation Company stewardship of the High Tor Grounds continued until 1975 when the District Council took over the management and maintenance.

Regrettably, the former 'Caves' are no longer open to the public, due to health and safety concerns.

The Matlock Parks Project included woodland management, a new entrance at the Matlock Bath end near to the Cable Car Base Station, together with improvements to fencing, paths and viewing areas.

This vintage inspired High Tor, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire travel poster is printed using only genuine inks on premium heavy weight photo paper with a satin finish. A truly quality poster that will look stunning when framed and is sure to enhance any surrounding

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Technical specifications

Brand Travel Posters Online
Product Code S-15042 MILL
Weight 1kg