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Matlock Bath: The Pavilion, Church and Royal Hotel, about 1905
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Switchback, Rise & Fall



Switchback,
Adrenalin Rush.

This shows the punters both getting out of the cars and leaving the upper area using the steps.


The Royal Hotel, Pavilion and Holy Trinity Church



This is a "hold to light card", so it has holes punched through the thin outer film of the picture to reveal the semi-transparent base card underneath. When you hold the card up to the light it creates an illusion of illumination.

On this card the holes through have been chosen to show lighted windows, street lamps and the moon, thus creating an impression of a scene by moonlight. So here we see the windows of the Royal Hotel, the Palais Royal (Old Pavilion) and the main building of Matlock Bath's Switchback Railway, as well as various houses and even the church, all illuminated.

What makes the card of significant interest is a small detail that provides us with a rare view of the area below the main building of the Switchback Railway. Suggestions have been made, on occasion, that the rail at the end of the railway track went down and the cars were then hoisted back up by some kind of lift or hoist. Whilst the enlargement below isn't the clearest of images it nevertheless shows there are no tracks beneath the building for a lift to connect to.

Other photographs on this web site show photographs of the inside of the Switchback's main building.


Detail, showing the Switchback

 
"The Pavilion, Church and Royal Hotel, Matlock Bath". Made by W.H., Berlin, No. 3155. Posted on 12 Aug 1905 in Bracknell and sent to Miss Taylor of Clay Cross. Message not relevant.
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