The staff at Woodbank, which was by then owned
by the Co-operative Holidays Association, trying out a
canvas escape shute in what must have been a fire drill
before World War One. The shute looks similar to those
used on today's aeroplanes. It is difficult to see
how the top was supported as there is no visible external
mounting and the top looks as if it is on a hoop, but it
would have had to be well anchored underneath the window
inside the building. The bottom had to be held by two people
to ensure a reasonable landing.
The second photograph shows the guests clustered on the
terrace, looking amused by the spectacle. In the background are
the slopes of Willersley's lawns and the River Derwent.
There is more about Woodbank (Cromford Court)