This is the earliest known photograph of the former Bath Terrace
Hotel (previously Walker's Hotel) and dates from the
time it was run by the Watsons.
Robert Watson and his wife Rosetta Jane were relatively
newly married when they took over the running of the hotel
from Thomas William Hesketh in early 1891.
Robert had been a farmer in Scarrington, where he had been
born and his father was Lord of the Manor, though it is not
clear at present when he began working in the hotel trade.
However, Rosetta had experience of the industry.
The couple were at the Bath Terrace for approximately three
years and three of their five sons, the twins Robert and
Thomas Frank and the slightly younger Hugh, were born there
and baptised at Holy Trinity.
The family then moved to Derby, first to the Derwent Commercial
Hotel and later to the Globe Spirits Vaults in Iron Gate.
The two younger sons, Edward and John, were born in Derby.
Unfortunately, Robert Watson died on 27 Sept., 1899 and the
family moved to Kidderminster.
The elder sons emigrated to Canada where they had relatives,
but the three younger sons remained in England and joined
the Army in the First World War. Tragically, all three were
killed; Hugh and John are commemorated at the Menin Gate
Memorial, and John at Thiepval.
Bird's engraving of Walker's Bath Terrace Hotel in Hall's
in Derbyshire", 1863
|References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):
 Robert Watson was living
at the Bath Terrace Hotel at the time of the
1891 census although Kelly's
Directory 1891 shows Mr.
Hesketh still at the Hotel.
 He was living at Scarrington
in 1881, running a 165 acre farm. His father was shown as
Lord of the Manor there in the History, Gazetteer & Directory
of Nottinghamshire, 1885.
 Rosetta (nee Hall) was working
at the Terminus Hotel, Prittlewell in Essex in 1881.
 Matlock Bath Parish Registers.
 License transfer of Bath Terrace
Hotel from Robert Watson to Mr Harrison, January 1894 (The
Derby Mercury & Ann Andrews' database). Kelly's
Directory of Derbyshire, 1895 shows Robert Watson
at the Derwent Commercial Hotel, 13 London Road, Derby
Directory of Derbyshire, 1899 at the Globe Spirits
 The Derby
Mercury, 4 Oct, 1899.
Announcement of his death. Also 1901 and 1911 census.
 Hugh Watson was one of the young
men who was born in Matlock Bath but whose name was not on
the memorial: See WW1
Casualties with Matlock Bath link not on the Memorial