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
from the Derby Road site. Matlock Bath school pupils tended
gardens here in the 1940s and 1950s.
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! Clifton
Road residents were, and still are, used to the gradient.
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