"The Derwent Dale is the most familiar
of holiday grounds to the workers of the Midlands. Not only does
the immediate neighbourhood ...
abound in charm
and interest, but it is a centre for excursions by rail and charabanc
to places of more than local fame".
The Fish Pond Hotel, partially shown on the left, provided stabling
and the charabanc excursions described above would leave from
here to visit places such as Dovedale.
Local photographer Percy Rowbottom has captured the holiday crowds
ambling, walking, talking, seen, being seen or just simply standing
still and looking at the world go by in South Parade over a hundred
years ago. The photograph was probably taken at Bank Holiday time
in Matlock Bath, about 1905. When you see so many people on the
Parade, it perhaps explains why the cab drivers needed to shout
so loudly to warn pedestrians!
Compare this scene with a more recent one
Bath in the summer of 1966 (the image will open in a new window)