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The Fish Pond, Matlock Bath, about 1920
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It may say Matlock on the card, but this is Matlock Bath's Fish Pond, almost opposite the hotel of the same name. Bank holidays and summer weekends saw the pond surrounded by visitors anxious to feed the very large fish that swam in the thermal water. Although the card wasn't posted it dates from about 1920, or perhaps slightly later. It is interesting to note that the buildings on the opposite side of the main road from the Pavilion have changed significantly from the earlier pictures.

One of the thermal mineral springs supplying the fishpond with water failed in April 1924. It was said that it had flowed continuously since 1696. As the fish were one of the main vistor attractions, the prospect of its fish dying was a major problem. Fortunately, a calamity was avoided as an adjacent spring saved the day when it was found that it was still running so it was connected to the pond. The fish, which included dace, barbel and goldfish, were described as "of abnormal size" as they had been overfed by the tourists.

Behind the pond, on the left, is the grand Pavilion, formerly the Kursaal; it is now the Mining Museum. There is some kind of large vehicle parked on the forecourt, possibly a bus. It is just below the lamp post although it is partly hidden by the shrubbery surrounding the pond.

The spire in the background belongs to Holy Trinity Church.
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Image kindly donated by Photo-Ark © 2003.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
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[1] "Ripley and Heanor News and Ilkeston Division Free Press", 18 April 1924.