The debasing influence of the day tripper is everywhere visible in Matlock. His trail is unmistakable. His litter is omnipresent. He has tastes which must be catered for – the ugly phrase is here appropriate. His eye is supposed to be dim; therefore nothing but what is gaudy will attract him. His ear is so accustomed to the roar of machinery and the din of streets that there must be bawling salesmen on the pavement to shout crude invitations to buy.

J.B. Firth, Highways and Byways in Derbyshire, 1905


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