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From Lover's Walk, Jubilee Bridge, about 1900-05

North Parade, 1908

The Parade, 1902-05

A photograph of part of the Promenade Gardens in Matlock Bath, on the opposite side of the road from the old Fountain Baths (out of the shot). The image probably dates from the 1930s. Fountain Villas can be seen in the background and the buildings stretch onwards to North Parade and the former Derwent Terrace Wesleyan Methodist church.

The Promenade's original outer railings had been replaced in the winter of 1905-06[1]. By the time the photograph for this postcard was taken the riverbank was also protected by metal railings but earlier images of the Promenade show no railings on the riverside and this was the case for many years.

In 1901 a Derbyshire Times journalist commented on the main focus of this picture, the very large piece of tufa in the middle of the pool. "Many visitors will have noticed what from outside appearances is huge bed of moss round the fountain on the Promenade, Matlock Bath. Certainly this commenced as moss, and has gradually grown to the huge proportions now on view, but it an astonishing fact that as the moss grows and decays if forms the tufa for which Matlock Bath is so noted and is really brought about by the action of the lime in the water. It is a curiosity worthy of examination"[1].

This water feature disappeared in 1967 when the A6 road, shown behind the railings in the left, was widened and the riverbank was strengthened.

About 1900

Before 1902

About 1904-05

Before 1905

Before 1904

About 1902

About 1905

About 1915

War memorial

Band stand

Road widening

"The Promenade, Matlock Bath". No Publisher, British Manufacture - 35526. No date
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and information researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only
Image shown on Michael Portillo's "Great British Railway Journeys" on BBC2 on 25 January 2010


[1] The replacement railings in the winter of 1905-06 were the result of the Matlock Bath Improvement Act, 1905. The Promenade was then enclosed by higher railingss.
[2] "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald", 16 January 1901