A high quality stereoview taken by the Matlock Bath's first
resident photographer, John Clarke, who lived on South
Parade. He must have been standing outside the entrance
to the Royal Hotel to take his pictures, possibly whilst
the hotel was being built.
His studio was on the right of South Parade, past the Buxton's
Royal Museum. The Museum is the building with a display in
the side window. Next to it, towards the camera, are the
former Fishpond Stables although they are mostly hidden by
the large horse chestnut tree. A low stone wall borders
the fish pond. At the bottom of the hill immediately below
the camera is a man with a horse and cart which is stacked
with wicker baskets, possibly selling vegetables. There appears
to be a customer standing next to him. The Fishpond Hotel
was on his left and several carriages are standing in the
hotel's forecourt. There is a pony and trap
is a little further along the road.
On the hillside above are several large villas, including
Guilderoy, Masson Cottage and Belle Vue with the Lower Towers
at the junction of Masson and Holme Roads. Higher up is the
Upper Towers with the Victoria Tower on top of the hill.
On the corner of Waterloo Square and West Bank, looking
down The Pitchings, is a building with a large brick wall
frontage which has a sign -- -- | Tea Rooms | Warehouse.
This was later the Hillside Cafe.
One of the stereoview images, enlarged