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1840



The Fish Pond & Pavilion



The Grand Pavilion
(The Kursaal), 1915



This could be one of the earliest postcards of the Fish Pond and the Pavilion behind it. It was probably dates from the 1910-1914 era. The spire of Holy Trinity Church is in the centre of the picture and the Royal Hotel above the wall bordering the main road, although it isn't very easy to see.

There are no fish food dispensers beside the pond; these were a later addition. Like the later postcard, of The Fish Pond & Pavilion, the old milestone can be seen close to the pond's water inlet or overflow.

A large sign board was mounted on the stone wall below Temple Road, opposite the Pavilion or Kursaal as it was then called. Next to the sign are some small, old buildings. The two white doors were public toilets and the building closest to the viewer was the booking office for Mr. Furniss' Cab Company in 1911. He was using the stables at the Fish Pond Hotel at that time. There is certainly a very small window in the front of the building which would have been the ticket window. These buildings are also shown on the next image, which dates from a similar time.

In addition to the pages about the Fish Pond in this section (click "Next", top right, to view them) there is an additional image in the "Just Images section.


"Matlock Bath, The Fish Pond" published by Photochrom Co. Ltd., London & Tunbridge Wells, No.49086, Exclusive Sepiatone Series. Unposted
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Pauline Jordan.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.