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Postcard: View near the Three Pigeons


This view was taken from outside what used to be the Three Pigeons Hotel at no. 195 High Street and, judging by the cars, may date from the 1920s (please contact me if you can pinpoint the date more precisely).

The building with arched windows on the left was originally the Three Pigeons, which was 'practically burnt down to the ground in 1920 when it was used as shops and offices' (Q64). The 'TEAS' and other signs suggests it was no longer a hotel when this photo was taken. The 1920/1 trade directory does not refer to no. 195, but by 1928 four businesses were based here:

  • Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Ltd, H Neville Leighs supt
  • Miss E M How, confectioner
  • Middx Typewriter & Office Supplies Co
  • Lawton Cycle & Motor Co

After this building the entrance to the Market Place can be seen on the left.

On the right side the building closest to the cameraman was Griffiths, clothiers, at no. 125 & 126. Working back down the High Street, no. 124 was John Lawson & Co, tailors, no. 123 Charles Harding, confectioner.

See details of the properties on the left and on the right.

Thank you to the Tramway Museum Society, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire for permission to include this image. Their web site has postcard and photo libraries which can be searched by a place name.