An early photograph of the southern part of Matlock Bath, taken
from the Heights of Abraham. They eye is almost immediately
struck by the crisscross of paths from the obelisk and
the main road down to the Ferry House by the river. The
riverside area had not been developed into Derwent Gardens,
which places this image firmly in the nineteenth century.
The major building that is missing, however, is the Old
Pavilion on the hillside above the Royal Hotel. It was to
be built and opened in 1884. The Old Bath Hotel was replaced
by the Royal Hotel and although
construction began in 1866 the hotel was
not completed until 1878.
I believe this picture was taken between the two dates. The
hotel's grounds have not been fully landscaped and the driveway
and grounds show no sign of life!
There was little development on Clifton Road, too;
the only property seems to have been Clifton House.
The land where Portland House, initially called Wint House,
was to be built was still a field.
In the woodland, looking to the right of the Royal Hotel,
are a small group of houses. These are also shown on the
1848 tithe map.
At the top of the hill, where the land flattens, are some
of the properties in Upper Wood; next to them is a field
that was known as Gent Close,
but in the twentieth century it became both the sports field
for Matlock Bath School and Matlock Bath's Cricket Club's
More views from the Heights of Abraham: