Bath: The Promenade, before 1905
|Matlock Bath : Twentieth Century Photographs,
Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
The photographer would have had his back to the Promenade's lamp post
(see next image)
to take this picture. Although we can see tantalising glimpses
of North Parade behind the trees, the main emphasis is the view
down the grassed area of the Prom, towards the Heights of Jacob.
There is a cart on the grass part of the way down.
On the right is one of the cab men with his horse and carriage,
probably Frederick Edwin Leggoe.
The horse has his head in a nose bag. Also on the right of the
picture, in the single storey building behind the cab, are the
Dining Rooms that were run by Charles Etches.
He was the son in law of Francis Joseph Donegani, having married
Marian Donegani in 1897. He played a part in local life as he was
involved with the council and
was also a member of the Venetian Fête's general committee
in 1903. He was still
in Matlock Bath in 1905 as he was by then a boarding-house keeper,
but by 1911 his wife and son were in Liverpool, whilst he was farming
at Milford. George Ratcliffe succeeded the Etches at the Restaurant.
"The Promenade, Matlock Bath". Stengel & Co. Ltd.,
London E. C. 39 Redcross Street, No.16041. Not posted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and information researched
by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only
links go to on site transcripts or other information):
 Mr. Leggoe was involved with
the Promenade Cafe in the nineteenth century - see Kelly's
Directory 1891. Also see Kelly's,
Officials 1891 | Kelly's
Directory 1908 | Kelly's
Officials 1908 (as Liggoe) | Kelly's
 Mr Etches advertised in Kelly's
Directory 1899 . He was not in Matlock Bath at the time of
the 1901 census although
his wife, son and sister were. Charles Etches was staying
with his widowed mother and gave his occupation as Restaurant
Keeper Coffee Ho[use].
Times and Chesterfield Herald", 12 January 1901.
 "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield
Herald", 4 April 1903. Present at an important
meeting of the Venetian Fête committee, when the May Fête
 "Derby Daily Telegraph,
28 January 1905
 See Matlock Bath: North
Parade, early twentieth century (2)