there life beyond the museum, teashop and web cam? Apparently
are a few of the emails we have received concerning the Life
in a Lens museum, The Victorian Teashop and the web cam:
Matlock Bath is my adopted home. I'm from Dublin, Ireland
but my husband and I bought our home in Matlock Bath in 1990.
For work, we moved to California in '93 but have come back
home whenever we can, sometimes for months at a time. Right
now I'm working in silicon valley and living in San Jose,
so your web cam give me a birds eye view of my 'home town'
daily. THANKS SO MUCH!!
Regards, & keep up the good work.
we have an Ice Cream Parlour and Restaurant in Kent and I
was looking for Ice Cream Supplies on the internet when I
came across your website. It is hilarious, very well done.
If we ever come to your part of the country we would love
to pay you a visit as your place sounds as mad as ours.
Very best wishes, G Hill
talking about the Teashop site)
I love visiting Matlock, especially your tearoom. I go on
the matlock site a lot and love it when it is updated. You
seem to devote a lot of time and energy to the site and i
would like to know if you have personnel connections to Matlock
as it seems very dear to you.
Today I was surfing the web and discovered your website and
the webcam overlooking Matlock Bath. My husband and I stayed
in Cromford in March 2006 and visited Matlock Bath, because
our daughter worked there at that time. She now lives in Matlock
Bath and I miss her sometimes. So I thank you for your webcam,
I imagine that I see her white car passing by!
Best wishes and regards!
"I very much enjoyed your site (web cam), especially
the gallery of video clips. I am saving you to my favorite
spots. My wife and I are going to London for a week in March
and I suppose we will not be able to visit Matlock Bath, but
I will place it on the MUST DO list."
Thanks for a wonderful site.
"Dear Sir, Just thought I would drop you a line to thank
you for your web cam, I was surfing the net and came across
your web cam and it inspired me to visit Matlock bath again
after many years. We have planned to return on our motorbike
soon as well. Sad as it sounds I spent a few minutes looking
for the camera, but spotted it in your top floor window. Please
keep it on line as it is so real life so to speak, and maybe
put a few more of the unusual clips to see. Great work, keep
truly, J. Fisk
Sir/Madam, I am a Brit working in California and have not returned
to Matlock Bath in many years. Hence, your site is a real life-saver
when moments of homesickness overwhelm. My honoured parents
lived in the Victorian Gasworks at the base of the cable cars.
I was wondering whether you had any footage of that environ?
If so, I would be pleased if you would share it with me."
in advance, Simon P. Chandler Ph.D.
Napa, CA 94558
looking at your web site at Judith's. Well done Peter... and
good luck with it. You have worked hard."
See you soon. Love Dad xx
"Dear Life in a Lens, I enjoyed my visit. It was very interesting,
because, we're doing about Victorians at school."
there just discovered the web cam good to keep an eye on my
Keep up the good work
SIMON DUNN CHOCOLATIER.
I have just discovered your web site and think it is brilliant.
I spent many happy hour in Matlock when I was younger and your
efforts have inspired me to want to return. I'm fascinated with
your webcams and well done."
"Hi, Just to say since i found your web site with the web
cam, i visit it most days to see what's happening even as its
so little that changes. Being in Adelaide, South Australia,
and being a Chesterfield Born and bread, its nice to have the
technology to view from so far away. Good work."
"Hi to you all. I have enjoyed just looking at the upgraded
site for the tea shop and find it very good. I enjoy your out
side web cam and have it on most days. Hope to see you all again
in the tea shop very soon.
Take care and keep up the good work."
My wife and I visited your camera museum today, It is the first
time we have been, and I would like to have a good talk with
you about it, but alas time was not on our side. I feel I have
to congratulate you on your excellent displays , the room layouts
and content. Being an avid collector myself, we have a very
similar collection, I found myself saying to my wife "got
that one, got that one". I have mainly concentrated on
the cameras though and don't have such a diverse collection
encompassing some of the later formats ,developing equipment
and photo paraphernalia. I have read your background and reasons
for setting it all up on your web page, and I think that a collection
like this will stand the test of time and will be a shining
example to all us camera buffs."
Wishes and Regards, Gary
"Hi There, I live in Matlock Bath and have just discovered
your web cam site - fantastic, I love the gallery. Question-
I went running yesterday morning at approx 9.30am returning
along past the Jubilee Bridge about 10am. Can you find me
- it would be great to see myself in your gallery!!! Oh also,
I am sure that my friends and I feature in 'shock horror'!"
I'll keep watching anyway. Thanks for the entertainment! J.
"I really do love the site as it has kept me in
touch with my home town over the past few months. As it happens
I'm moving back to Matlock for good next week having lived
in four houses in "Bath" since 1975. Five years
in London have made me appreciate it even more! I've never
had the time to visit the museum on my flying visit weekends
but will make sure I do when I get back."
Again thanks for the Cam, it's been brilliant while couldn't
have the real thing!"
Regards S. Dormand.
"Congratulations on a great site. As an ex Matlock
Bath resident I wish you luck."
Regards Norm Lee
Belated New Year greetings from Greece. You may not remember
but I wrote a year ago congratulating you on the site as it
bought back so many many memories of my childhood in the 'Bath'.
I still have a look every few days at the passing seasons
A question. Why doesn't the Derwent ever flood in the winter?
When I was a lad it was not so common but I remember seeing
the river wash the bottom irons of Jubilee Bridge when there
was a severe flood. I fell in once from the landing stage
that was on your side just under the bridge, during a severe
flood, trying to save my dog who had fallen in. We got washed
down to what was (may still be but doubtful) Smiths small
boat hire yard. I was a strong swimmer being a regular during
the summer at the New Bath Hotel pool so I saved the dog and
myself. I got a hell of ticking of from Police Sergeant George
Tansley (who would remember that name, I wonder) who lived
next door to us in a house called Ferny Bank which I guess
is about two doors along from you, Turning left out of your
place that is. There were the odd drowning's during flood
times and so I was very lucky."
Regards P.Warwick (formerly Wright)
far the only miserable e-mail we have received is printed below.
Come on! We're only trying to promote a museum and educate people
Mr BBC Radio Derby:
Sir, I notice that your webcam to which bbc.co.uk/derby links
has had the name of the ''Life In A Lens Museum'' superimposed
upon the picture. Unfortunately, due to commercial restrictions,
if the wording remains in place we will no longer be able
to link to the webcam.
Also, I notice that your web site includes the words: 'Awarded
BBC Radio Derby's 'Web Cam of the Week' August 2004.' The
''website of the week'' feature, which has now ceased, was
not an award. It was purely an on-air item in which the presenter
discussed the merits of various websites on a weekly basis.
There was no suggestion that any website mentioned during
that series was endorsed by BBC Radio Derby. I'd be grateful
if that wording could be removed from your website, please,
as it appears to mislead users into thinking that the site
has won a BBC Radio Derby award."
Many thanks. Yours sincerely,
BBC Radio Derby
give them your time in interviews and entertainment and they
treat you like that. Well I never! Oh well, at least the 'Steve
Wright Show' on National BBC Radio enjoyed it – so did
'East Midlands Today" on BBC1 Television. Some people!
Thank you so much for your matlock bath web cam, it has been on my screen for many months now. We are regular visitors to your town and tea rooms, and look forward to coming several times every year. It is a great interest to me to watch all that goes on.
J Fisk of Lincoln
Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
While drinking tea and searching for the quotation by Cowper, I came across your website.
It is as interesting and comforting as a cup of tea itself, and I have added it to my favorites.
P.S. I am drinking Assam, and am about to have a second cup before getting back down to work (correcting exams - tea vital for this).
This is about the teashop site