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Stereoview of Lovers' Walk, 1859-62



Lovers' Walks about 1901



Lovers' Walks



The Ferry House



The Derwent, Matlock Bath - and the Ferry




An early twentieth century postcard of the Ferry House. The picture provides a good view of Matlock Bath's "middle" ferry which had been operating for many years. The ferry itself was a smallish craft - the name "Derwent" is on the back of the boat next to the landing stage as it was the boat used for the ferry - and there was a guide rope about six to seven feet above the river for the operator to pull on. In earlier times this rope was made of hemp[1], which must be the case here as the rope is tied to a tree on the right hand river bank. It was later replaced by a wire rope.

Mr Bill Boden, who ran the Derwent Gardens Café "was a resident of the Ferry House which was situated at the rear of the Pavilion nearer to the boat landing which was demolished in 1910 or so to make way for the Pavilion[2]".

The card's sender was clearly enjoying themselves as the message on the back reads:

"Staying overnight. Had a ripping time".

Boden's Dining and Tea Rooms


1. Postcard Reliable Series, No1966 Posted Manchester 9 June 1900 and sent to Mrs Lowe in Flixton.
2. Ferry Dining and Tea Rooms advertisement from "Abel Heywood's Guide Books, With Cycling, Walking and Driving Routes. Matlock Illustrated." (1903) Abel Heywood & Son, Manchester & London
In the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


References:

[1] With thanks to Ken Smith.

[2] Reminiscences of the late Mr. Frank Clay, from his private papers and notes owned by the webmistress. My late father was describing Matlock Bath shortly after the first war and this extract written about 1998. John William Boden appears in Kelly's 1899 Directory and Kelly's 1908 Directory. He moved to Edinburgh House. There was another J. W. Boden in Matlock Bath at the time. He was the proprietor of a grocers and confectioners shop and also of Boden's Restaurant.