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Ward Lock cover, 1928
More images from the Ward Lock Guide
The Fish Pond
Matlock Bath from Cat Tor (3), and the Derwent
North Parade


Two black and white photographs of the River Derwent. The top picture is from a Ward Lock Guide and the second image, with a pair of swans on the river, was published as a postcard. The picture was taken by the Matlock Bath cavern owner Cyril Edmonds a few years later (the trees are just a little bigger). Note the lack of a protective railing on the riverbank. Health and Safety wasn't an issue in the first few decades of the twentieth century! The seats show on the previous image had been removed.

The buildings on the right bank of the river were amongst the casualties when the main road through Matlock Bath was widened in 1967.



1. Image from Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1928).
From the collection of, provided for this website by and © Ray Ash. 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.
2. "River Derwent, Matlock Bath". [Cyril] Edmonds Photo Image © Ken Smith collection. No date, but another version was posted in 1937.
Intended for personal use only.

Also see:

Matlock Bath: River Derwent & the Devonshire Hotel, 1890
"Matlock Bath from the Promenade" (it is in the "Just images" section of the site).
"Matlock Bath, The River" (also in the "Just images" section)" shows the riverside buildings from a different angle.