People continued to visit Matlock Bath during the First War, as this
beautiful card illustrates. Taken from Temple Walk, it shows
the Kursaal, the Pavilion built in 1910 and soon to change its
name because Kursaal didn't seem appropriate when the country
was at War.
Local newspapers have always shown a humorous side.
For example, this was published just before the First
Posters appeared on the walls this week announcing dancing at
the Kursaal Ballroom. A special feature is made of the latest
music, and the polished floor; but this time the printer has
set up the latter as the "Polished Flour".
Like many other large buildings, the Kursaal was used for billeting
troops during WW1. In February 1915 the Army Services Corps arranged
for an initial group of 230 men to be billeted here, with their
canteen in the Pump Room. More arrived a couple of weeks later.
Horses were also accommodated and further troops were billeted
elsewhere in the village.
The Pavilion building was described as follows in the 1930's: "Almost
adjoining the Derwent Gardens is the Pavilion, built by
the Urban District Council in 1910. This includes the Pump-room,
where the thermal water is sold, and a Cinema. There are
also a Theatre with a nice little stage, and two smaller
rooms used for meetings, etc. The Theatre is also used as a ballroom,
having a dancing-floor. Good theatrical companies visit Matlock
Bath at times".
Dancing continued to be enjoyed in the ballroom for more than fifty
years. However, the building now is home to the Peak District Mining
The picture also shows two other important buildings in the village.
In the centre of the picture is the spire of Holy Trinity Church
and the large building with many chimney stacks was the Royal Hotel,
which was to only survive for just over decade more before it was
ruined by a disastrous fire.
The roof tops belong to The Fish Pond
Hotel (below the Royal Hotel) and to some of the shops on North
There is more information elsewhere on this web site :
of the Royal Hotel (this is the first of several