This stereoview shows us the earliest development on either
side of the relatively newly built Holme Road, on the hillside
below the Heights of Abraham. All these buildings appear
on the 1880 Ordnance Survey map but they had been built
some years before then.
The Clarence, its bath houses and Hope Terrace (behind the
bath houses) form a group of new builds that are centre right
on the images. The Clarence first opened for business as
a hydropathic establishment in 1871 and had several proprietors
A court case from 1876 involved Aaron Ridgard who claimed
to have been living at one of the Hope Terrace houses in
Holme Bank, higher up Holme Road than the Clarence and close
to the Lower Towers, was offered for sale in 1872.
Green Bank, on the opposite side of Holme Road, had also
been built. This all points to the stereoview having been
taken in the 1870s.
Of the more established buildings slightly higher up the
hill, the Round House is a tiny dark spot above Green Bank
and just to the right, peeping between the trees, is the
Lower Towers. A little further along Masson Road, going right
from Holme Bank, is a tiny white spot, the sign at the entrance
to the Heights of Abraham.
The bridge in the foreground spans the River Derwent and
to the left of it is the Midland Hotel, where a cab waiting
to pick up passengers. This was the favourite spot
as several images of Matlock Bath show cabs waiting here.
On the far side of the river we can see the gap between the
buildings where Holme Road goes up the hill; to the left
is North Parade and to the right is Dale Road. Interestingly,
the façades of the two buildings on either side of
the Holme Road junction were to change slightly before
the turn of the century to incorporate bay windows. Two bays
were added to Cavendish House at first floor level. Bays
were also added to the front of the County and Station Hotel,
on either side of the door. They extended over two floors
and had (and still have) castellated tops. The portico over
the front door was also a later addition to the building.