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The Ferry, 1836

Stereoview of Lovers' Walk, 1859-62

On the Lovers' Walk
- and the Ferry, 1900

Lovers' Walk, 1914

Lovers Walks, 1950s

Lovers' Walks, brief history

An Edwardian postcard from a painting by the British artist Warren Williams ARCA (1863-1941)[1]. The autumnal view is of the riverside walk - known as the Lovers' Walk - beside the River Derwent, Matlock Bath. Boats for hire can be seen on the river's edge. The pathway connects Willersley Castle to the south with central Matlock Bath. Originally the crossing to Matlock Bath was by ferry or hired boat but things became easier after Jubilee Bridge was opened in 1887 and a more recent bridge now connects this part of Lovers' Walks with the Derwent Gardens.

The Lovers' Walks were a popular attraction in the Edwardian era, not just with couples. On Whit Monday in 1903, when the weather was glorious and Matlock Bath was packed, the vistors were said to have enjoyed all the attractions, including the Lovers' Walks[2]. It was again beautiful over the August Bank holiday in 1904, with thousands enjoying what was on offer and the Lovers' Walks were once more well patronised[3].

The ivy covered building was a spar shop,

Most of the photographs and paintings of couples on the Lovers' Walks were taken with the pair walking away from the camera.
Lovers Walk, Matlock Bath shows a couple ca. 1930 walking towards the camera (it is in the "Just images" section of the site).

"Lovers Walks, Matlock Bath". Published by E.T.W. Dennis & Sons Ltd. of London as part of its "Dainty Series".
Posted 8 Jan 1906 in Leeds to a Leeds address. Message unrelated to subject.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] The artist's dates are from the Brunswick Gallery website.
[2] "Derbyshire Times", 6 June 1903.
[3] "Belper News", 5 August 1904.