Bath: The Southern Entrance to the Dale, 1900-1910
|Matlock Bath : Twentieth Century Photographs,
Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
Reverend Ward described the view in
this photograph of Scarthin Rock in 1827.
The lamp and the seat were not there is Rev. Ward's time,
"The situation of Matlock Bath is
in the bosom of a deep valley by the side of the Derwent.
At its south end it is separated from the village
of Cromford by an immense limestone rock called Scarthin rock,
through one end of which the turnpike road has been formed
by blasting the stone with gunpowder. It has often been mentioned
with regret that, in doing this, the rock was not merely
perforated, and a rude arch left over the passage ; since
such a vestibule to the romantic dale would have been extremely
appropriate, and have produced a very happy effect.
Upon entering the valley here, the eye is presented with
a very striking view. The river Derwent, which flows through
it with a southern course, here winds towards the east. Beyond
it is seen a lawn; on the further side and on a very elevated
part of which stands Willersley Castle".
In 1840 William Adam thought the Scarthin
Nick was a "rocky barrier". Willersley's
lawn can be seen over the stone wall. Road widening and improvements
to the A6 in the early 1960's altered the landscape even
Rosemary Lockie has a postcard of the other side of the Tor,
showing both the rock and Scarthin Lodge, on her GENUKI site.
Tors, entering Cromford."
Postcard of "The Tors, Matlock Bath" published
by H Y Wood, Birmingham.
in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only
links are to other information elsewhere on this website):
 Ward, Reverend Richard (Seventh
Edn., 1827) "The Matlock, Buxton and Castleton Guide,
containing concise accounts of these and other remarkable
places ... in the ... County of Derby", Derby
 William Adam describes the Scarthin
Nick as a "rocky barrier" - see Gem
of the Peak (extract), 1840
 See both Road
Widening at Matlock Bath, 1967 and Michael Fay's article "The
End of a Long and Winding Road". Scroll down to
the section called "Difficult civil engineering work" as
there are several photographs of the junction at the beginning
of the 1960s