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Derwent Gardens
Café (1)


The Riverbank,
about 1880

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"Just inside the gates of the Derwent Gardens is a Café and a green used for putting. A Mr. Bill Boden ran the Café for a long time ... for many years he was a resident of the Ferry House[1]". He later lived at Edinburgh House and ran the dining rooms[2]. Look carefully and you can see the café's proprietor in his white apron leaning against the railings. Meredith Henshall's photograph was probably taken before the First War. An outdoor seating area, covered by a canopy, is an addition to the building and roof supports a sign, neither of which appear on the previous image. Presumably the canopy was for days when the weather was less pleasant. In this picture the waitresses are serving teas from there.

A 1926 guide book said that close to the Lovers' Walks "are the sheltered Derwent Gardens, beautifully laid out and with tree shaded walks by the river bank. Minor delights here are a cafe and a switch-back railway[3]".

Postcard "Cafe Derwent Gardens Matlock Bath" from a photograph taken by Thomas Meredith Henshall.
In the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Recollections of the late Mr. Frank Clay. From his private papers and notes owned by the web mistress, some of which were written in 1998 and remain copyright. Also see On the Lovers' Walk - and the Ferry, 1900

[2] Bill Boden's name appears in several trade directories between 1908 and 1925, for example Kelly's Directory 1908 | Kelly's Directory 1916

[3] Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1926-7)