It is possible that both these photographs were taken to
mark the opening of the New Bath Hotel's outdoor swimming
pool in 1934. A large sign advertising the pool can be
seen beside the approach road, ensuring that those travelling
along Derby Road could read it (just above the word "collection" on
the top image). In contrast, the signboard for the New
Bath Hotel is relatively small and can't be seen here!
It is actually sticking out from the wall, to the left
of what looks like a white post and close to the edge
of the card's title label. The white post was actually
one of the gate posts for the old toll house.
The pool replaced the large and very old lime tree there
had been in the hotel's gardens, although was not quite in
the same place as the lime had been.
The photograph dates from the early 1930s, whether or not
it was taken to advertise the new swimming pool, as Win Tor,
to the right of the New Bath's Road House on Derby Road,
looks both neglected and unoccupied. It was possibly being
demolished. Win Tor is shown in a similar state on
the previous image, suggesting the two pictures date
from around the same time.
At first glance the second postcard looks identical, apart
from the position of the lettering on the card. However,
we can see the former rubbish tip more clearly on the lower
card. It was surrounded by small trees, but the edge of it
is quite easy to see behing the road house on the A6.
On the very top edge, about a quarter of the way along from
the left, is what appears to be a small white mark. This
is the entrance to the Cumberland Cavern and the small building
is the hut that stood near the cavern's entrance. Cyril Edmonds,
who owned the cavern, had originally provided a pavilion
for the cricket field that was up the lane above the Cavern,
and when it was no longer needed he took it down and
rebuilt it at the cavern. It had central wooden
steps up to a roofed verandah and double doors into
the hut - definitely a pavilion style.
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