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Another pretty view of the Fish Pond, of a slightly later date than the previous image. The central fountain is a large piece of tufa, a porous rock that was found in Matlock Bath. The Royal Hotel can be seen above the high wall opposite the Pavilion and the spire of Holy Trinity Church is in the middle distance. The small buildings, also opposite the Pavilion and seen in other pictures, have been replaced; the two white walls hid the entrance to the public toilets in what had been the petrifying well building. There is a public shelter on the site today (2023).

A number of Ward Lock Guides state that the Fish Pond is fed by "mingled waters" from two streams, one of which being the hot spring, that "on its way to the river is joined by a cold current". This explains why, "even during the hardest winters the water ... is never frozen, and when [the] Derwent's banks are fringed with ice steam may be seen rising from the Pond"[1].

"Fish Pond, Matlock Bath". No publisher. Not posted. In the collection of and provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched and written by and © Ann Andrews.
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References :

[1] Ward Lock & Co's "Guide to Matlock, Dovedale, Etc.", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales. Information in a number of editions published between 1911 and 1932.