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Derby Road,
Hartle's Bazaar



Visitors - Travelling by Motor Charabanc



The view is almost identical to the previous image, but there is one major difference. On this photograph the land between the New Bath Hotel and the Road-House bar on Derby Road has been largely cleared of trees and the tufa has been removed, leaving behind a quarry-like landscape.

The Road-House bar was specifically designed to be driven to[1]; there is a large entrance driveway to the right of the building, shown on the close-up below, which was probably to accommodate the charabancs. The bar was supposedly serviced by a tunnel from the basement of the New Bath hotel, starting near the old plunge pool. Whilst I cannot be certain, there seems to be a path running through the quarried area that heads towards a cave or entrance-way below the hotel. Having said that, in 1911 the Bar was linked to the Bath Terrace Hotel[2]. The Bath Terrace eventually became part of the New Bath.

The bar was a popular place to frequent in the 1920s and 30s if you were one of the "in" crowd! It was used for a village function at the time of Queen Elizabeth's Coronation but the bar closed, fell into dereliction and was subsequently demolished in the 1950's.

Between Win Tor and the bar is a fenced area that is shown on later cards (not yet added to the site) as also part of the bar's car park. Dyson & Clough's Filling Station was built on the land where Win Tor had been.

Another difference between the two images is that Garforth on Clifton Road was not built when the the previous picture was taken but is on this postcard.

The card is difficult to date, but the publisher, William Hackney, was in Matlock Bath at the beginning of the twentieth century[3].

Close up of the Road-House bar

Postcard "General View of Matlock Bath" published by W. H. Hackney, Stationer, Household Stores, Matlock Bath. British Manufacture. No. 1567 - 315. Unused.
In the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] With grateful thanks to Peter Hare for his help.
[2] The 1911 census is available at FindMyPast (external link opens in a new window).
[3] William Hackney advertised in various trade directories including Kelly's 1899 Directory, Kelly's 1908 Directory and Kelly's 1912 Directory. He initially lived at 2 South Parade - see the 1901 census - but later moved to the Household Stores.