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Rayner engraving 1830

Before 1840

Devonshire Hotel & North Parade, 1870s - CDV

Stereoview of South Parade

Fish Pond, 1911-14

Fish Pond Stables 1907

Mr. Buxton's Museum & Great Petrifying Well
(1st of 2 pages)


Engraving published in J. & F. Harwood's "Scenery of Great Britain", Volume 1
(26 Fenchurch Street, London, c.1840-42); No.71.

A mid 19th century vignette engraving of Matlock Bath[1]. The village had begun to expand and here we can see The Old Bath Tap[2], later the Fish Pond Hotel, on the left closest to the viewer. Museum Parade extends away towards the Pitchings. The three people sitting on the wall, bottom centre, are at the top of Old Bath Hill.

The Upper and Lower Towers, Masson Cottage and Belle Vue are on the slopes of the Heights of Abraham, but Guilderoy is not shown. As that house was newly erected in August 1840 and would have appeared through the trees if it had been built, one can assume that the engraving was done before the publication year, so possibly in 1839.

The Fish Pond Stables are on the right, with quite a large expanse of water in front of them forming the fish pond. The pond of today is much smaller. On the riverbank is Buxton's Royal Museum, with the Great Petrifying Well in the small building at the side.

Enlargement of the stables. Note the reflections in the pond.

Engraving of "Matlock" from the collection of and © Ann Andrews.
Information researched and written by © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.
References (coloured links are to transcripts and information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Whilst it is not know exactly which version this engraving is from, the British Library has Harwood's third series and that was published in 1842.

[2] The Old Bath Tap appears in the 1851 census.