Bath: River Derwent from Willersley Road
|Matlock Bath : Twentieth Century Photographs, Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
The young man in the bowler hat is sitting
on the grass under Scarthin Rock
beside the Derwent. On the opposite side of the river
are the lawns of Willersley Castle. The publisher, by
giving this the title 'from Willersley Road' really
means that this is the view from the riverside track. When
this picture was taken there was one of Willersley Castle's
gatehouses, Scarthin Lodge, at the A6 end of the path; the
lodge was demolished when the A6 was widened. St. Mary's
Chapel is at the other end, on Mill Road (see "Cromford
Church and Bridge", linked on the right).
The large property on the hillside is Woodbank and the hillside
is known as Harp Edge. The Reverend Richard Ward wrote in 1827:
"On the left of the same entrance into the dale [i.e.
from Cromford where the turnpike road had been blasted through
Scarthin Rock] is a high and steep hill called
Harp Edge : this is the termination of the lofty mountainous
country, which bounds the whole valley of Matlock on its western
"The River Derwent from Willersley Road, Matlock Bath".
Derbyshire "Artistic" Series,
G Marsden & Son, Wirksworth and London, No.1998. Posted 12
Sep 1919 at Wirksworth. Personal message not relevant to picture. Another
version of this card was posted in 1906.
Image © Ann Andrews collection.
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
] Ward, Reverend Richard (1827) "The
Matlock, Buxton and Castleton Guide, containing concise accounts
of these and other remarkable places ... in the ... County
of Derby", Derby