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A view of the back of the New Bath Hotel, taken from the footpath beside Garforth on Clifton Road. The gates and pillars bottom left belong to the house. The path goes up the hill past the Cumberland Cavern and leads to Upperwood. There are some excellent views from here if you turn round once in a while as you climb the hill.

The picture shows the hotel's tennis courts and outdoor swimming pool as well as the kitchen garden and greenhouses. The limestone cliffs behind the hotel are part of Cat Tor, with Hagg Wood below.

The New Bath's greenhouses are partly hidden from view behind a wall that served as a "warm wall" on which peaches were grown, according to the head gardener, Mr. Legg (2018)[1]. The glasshouses do not appear on the 1880 OS map, although two smaller buildings are on this map, but they can be seen on one for 1899[2].

As we can see, the greenhouses were 3/4 span houses (i.e. with an offset ridge), designed to attach to a wall. They were built either in the 1870s or the 1880s. Associated buildings such as boiler houses, potting sheds and garden bothys were always placed on north side of a heated wall[1]. There is a somewhat dilapidated building with a chimney on the side we can see; this served as the boiler house for heating the greenhouses and its pipes were designed to heat the wall.

These buildings had been demolished by 1969 when a new wing was added to the hotel.

There is more about the New Bath Hotel


Postcard of "The New Bath Hotel, Matlock" [sic]. Published by Photochrom Co Ltd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent for Trust Houses Ltd. Not posted.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] With thanks to John Legg.

[2] National Library of Scotland: OS Six-inch England and Wales, 1842-1952 and OS Plan 1969 1:2,500. See Old Maps on our Sources page for links.