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Cumberland Cavern



This is a very similar view to the previous two images of the New Bath Hotel. However, enlarging the image shows something not seen on any of the other pictures. If you look carefully at the close up below, showing the late 19th and early 20th century stone built houses on Clifton Road, there is a wooden hut just inside the pedestrian entrance to the Palais Royal grounds, which had a room at the back where someone lived. The gates were removed during the second world war.

The photograph also provides a better view of the front of Dovedale House, which was often screened by the trees in the garden. The open grassy area, or group of small fields and allotments, opposite Lyndhurst and Barton Villas was not built on until 1974 when Holy Trinity Primary School moved from the Derby Road site. Matlock Bath school pupils tended gardens here in the 1940s and 1950s[1].

A path from Clifton Road winds up the hillside beside Dovedale House and follows the boundaries of the gardens and fields slightly higher up the hillside. It provided access to the Royal Cumberland Cavern (an old lead mine) and also connected to the higher part of the Wapping and then on to Upperwood. Visitors were able to reach the Speedwell Cavern and the Fluor Spar Cavern on the Heights of Jacob quite easily once they had climbed the hill. When the 20th century "trippers" visited the Cumberland Cavern they could often be heard commenting, extremely loudly, as they laboured up the pathway about how they would not like to live up such a hill![2] Clifton Road residents were, and still are, used to the gradient.


Houses on Clifton Road



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"New Bath Hotel, Matlock" in the collection of and provided by and © Pauline Jordan.
Postcard published by Photochrom Co. Ltd., Tunbridge Wells For Trust Houses Ltd. Unposted
Researched by and © Ann Andrews Intended for personal use only


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

[1] See Schools in Earlier Times
[2] From Pauline Jordan