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Fish Pond Stables

Fish Pond and Pavilion

The Pavilion ballroom, where dances were held on Saturday nights. Within these walls romance blossomed for many locals; it was to be the meeting place for two couples closely related to the web mistress. In the fifties they would jive along to the likes of Shane Fenton and the Fentones, who were amongst the bands who performed live. Ron Farrell is believed to have been a regular here and so were the "Teen Scenes". Dudley Smith, whose father ran the petrifying well, was one of the group.

It was also the venue for concerts and plays. Visiting theatre groups performed here and ballet companies also came in the post war period (i.e. after 1945). As a young girl I remember Matlock Bath school taking us to see Coppelia, for example, and other school groups were also taken to see the shows. The final concert of the post war Musical Festivals was also performed at the Pavilion. What more could you want? Romance and culture all under one roof.

This picture dates from the inter war period and the ballroom is decorated with a mixture of patriotic flags and bunting for some kind of celebration. Music stands are set up on the stage. So it was possibly decked out for a post war celebration, a Christmas concert or similar event.

Grand Pavilion
(Kursaal) 1910-12

Grand Pavilion
(The Kursaal) 1915

Pavilion, Obelisk & Spar Shop

Grand Pavilion,

Grand Pavilion 1920s

Grand Pavilion, 1930s

Pavilion, 1938

Pavilion Grounds

Industrial Exhibition 1946

Musical Festival 1961

Photograph published in "The Matlock Guide", printed by Bacon and Hudson at Derby, Wholesale agent F. Whittaker. Booklet price 6d and published about 1928.
Original in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information researched by and © Ann Andrews.
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