An early Edwardian coloured postcard of Matlock Bath, which shows
both South Parade and the Heights of Abraham.
You can see The Pitchings rising steeply up the hillside next to
Hodgkinson's Hotel. Hodgkinson's has a very large oval signboard.
From Hodgkinson's and along the parade towards us, as far as the
building with the long arched window, was originally all part of
the Great Hotel. If you compare this postcard with the
black and white image of South Parade in 1909 elsewhere on this web
site, you will notice that the long window was divided into two on
the slightly later postcard.
Queen Victoria - then Princess Victoria - visited South Parade
in 1832 with her mother, the Duchess of York. They were staying
at Chatsworth and went to Belper to inspect Strutt's cotton works.
On the return journey they stopped in Matlock Bath and visited
several spar shops. They "then
proceeded to Mr. Vallance's and Mrs. Mawe's museums, where they
alighted and made several purchases, and after visiting Mr. Pearson's
petrifying well, they entered the carriages, and drove off on their
way to Chatsworth amid the deafening cheers of the multitudes".
Mrs. Mawe's Museum was in the building with the large bay window.
The large building with the sun blind, on the right hand side,
used to stand next to the fish pond. It was used by the Boden's
as a restaurant and dining rooms until the end of WW1 and then
changed use. This was where the glove factory was.
Fire destroyed the building in 1929 and it had to be demolished.
Next door was The Great Petrifying Well. There is a horse and cart
outside the building.
The cobbled entrance way, on the left, belongs to The Fish Pond
Hotel. There are also cobbles at the road edge.