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Short Quotations about Matlock, from Local Guides
Eighteenth and nineteenth century tour guides about Matlock Bath and Matlock
 
The Forty Shires, Charlotte M Mason, 1882

Willersley, 1802
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'The Derwent Valley has a range of moor-hills on the east, and is enclosed by other hills and moors on the west. A very beautiful valley it is, with Chatsworth Park, the Duke of Devonshire's place; and further south, Matlock - among hills, Abraham Heights, which the visitors climb upon donkeys, and High Tor, a great crag with a steep face. Matlock is a fashionable place, crowded with visitors in the summer, who come to drink, and to bathe in, the warm waters of the spring. When the inderground recesses become too full to hold any more, the water ios forced out in springs; and when the water is forced up in this way from a great depth, the springs are warm; for the deeper we get into the earth's crust, the warmer it becomes. The water of these springs has often an exceedingly unpleasant taste; for the underground stream which at last breaks out into a spring, does not carry lime only with it, but iron and suplher, or magnesia, or soda, or whatever substance it passes through. As these substances are often medicinal, persons sufferng from certain complaints go to such springs to drink the waters. Thos of Matlock are good for consumptive and rheumatic patients.'



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