This postcard shows us the Edwardian hotel. This is the back
of the hotel as the main entrance is round the other
side, away from the camera.
The railings between Bath Terrace and the grass are not
shown in the booklet produced around 1900 for Mr. Clulow
and the New Bath Hotel Company. They could have been erected
when tufa was being quarried on the far side of the grassed
area, next to the main road a few feet below (see previous
In the winter of 1901 the hotel, by then managed by Robert
Rimmer, was advertised as a first-class family hotel that was
both warm and comfortable, sheltered from cold winds and with
a First Class Table.
It advertised as venue for parties and balls as it had a large,
sprung dance floor.
It also hosted dinners such as the one for the Midland Institute
of Engineers when they visited Mill Close Mine at Darley in
1908. Large groups,
like the London Society of Derbyshire Men, stayed at the
hotel whilst touring the area.
There were two problems for the hotel in 1910. The
first was when the stables adjoining the hotel caught fire
in January. Fortunately, there were no horses in the stalls
as the flames spread and Matlock Council Fire Brigade were
summoned by telephone. They put out the flames in half an hour,
but the incident attracted a large crowd.
In October the New Bath Hotel Company Limited, which had been
formed in 1898, appointed a receiver and was voluntarily wound
There is more about the New Bath Hotel