Promenade, Matlock Bath, 1903
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The Ward Lock Guide for 1903 comments that "prior to 1887
the north bank of the river, in the Matlock Bath region, was
a market garden, but from this humble use it was rescued by
the patriotic stimulus afforded to the Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
As a memorial of this national event the cottage-like fence
was removed and an ornamental iron railing substituted. To
give an enduring appearance to the whole, the Jubilee
Bridge, an ornamental girder of iron, was thrown across
the river. Green turf and flower beds, with a pretty fountain,
complete what are now known as the Jubilee Gardens,
and these have distinctly added to the attractions of Matlock
In fact, the Promenade had begun to be developed in 1874,
but was extended in 1887.
This photograph probably pre-dates the guide by some years
as the gardens are not very mature. It was possibly taken about
1900, either at the same times as previous
image or perhaps a year or two before.
Image from Ward Lock & Co's "Guide to Matlock,
Dovedale, Etc.", Illustrated Guide Books of England
and Wales (Guide Series 1903-4), p.3
The photographs in the book were unlikely to have been taken
specifically for the guide and were also not necessarily of
the same date the book was published. This photograph was taken
by G. W. Wilson and Co. Ltd, Aberdeen.
In the collection of, provided by and researched by and © Ann
Andrews. Intended for personal
 Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History
of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London
by Bemrose & Sons, Limited. Aso see Matlock
Bath: North Parade, late 1870's (1)