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Ward Lock ccover, 1928

The fishpond in Matlock Bath always was a popular subject to photograph. Although the Ward Lock Guide that this picture is scanned from was published in 1928 we believe that the photograph was taken several years before and probably as early as 1910/12. A coloured image of the Fishpond elsewhere on the site dates from about 1920 and the plants and shrubs surrounding the Fishpond are bigger. The costumes are pre-War; they suggest a date of around 1912 (and no earlier than a few years before), so the photograph is either very late Edwardian or dates from the early years of the reign of King George V.

The large white sign slightly obscured by the newly planted tree reads "FERRY AND SCENIC WALK". Of the two vehicles shown, the one behind the lamp post on the far side of the road from the Fish Pond and Pavilion Bus Stop belonged to William Furniss who advertised in both Kelly's 1908 and Kelly's 1916 trades directories. One vehicle is outside the booking office.

Photograph taken by Thomas Meredith Henshall of Matlock Bath
Image from Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1928).
From the collection of, provided for this website by and © Ray Ash.
Intended for personal use only.
The photographs in the book were unlikely to have been taken specifically for the guide and were also not necessarily of the same date the book was published.