Bath: Derwent Gardens - The Café (2)
|Matlock Bath : Twentieth Century Photographs,
Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
"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".
He later lived at Edinburgh
House and ran the dining rooms.
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".
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):
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
 Bill Boden's name appears in
several trade directories between 1908 and 1925, for example Kelly's
Directory 1908 | Kelly's
 Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock,
Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated
Guide Books of England and Wales (1926-7)