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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 page).

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[1]. It advertised as venue for parties and balls as it had a large, sprung dance floor[2]. It also hosted dinners such as the one for the Midland Institute of Engineers when they visited Mill Close Mine at Darley in 1908[3]. Large groups, like the London Society of Derbyshire Men, stayed at the hotel whilst touring the area[4].

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[5]. In October the New Bath Hotel Company Limited, which had been formed in 1898, appointed a receiver and was voluntarily wound up[6].



There is more about the New Bath Hotel
   
          

"Matlock Bath, New Bath Hotel". No publisher. Not posted. Has Edward VII half penny stamp.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only

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

[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 23 December 1901.
[2] Advertisement in the "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald", 4 January 1902.
[3] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 20 Jul 1908.
[4] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 4 Jun 1903.
[5] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 15 January 1910. Large crowds also gathered when there were other fires in Matlock Bath, notably at the Royal Hotel and Glove Factory fires at the end of the 1920s. The stable block was sublet to William Furniss of Matlock in 1910.
[6] "Derby Daily Telegraph", 29 October 1910. The case was heard in the Chancery Division, before Mr. Justice Eve.