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From the Temple House 1810

Ashfield, previously The
Villa - The Old Bath-house

This section of Temple Walk, or Temple Road, was built to connect the former Old Bath Hotel, later the Royal (Bath) Hotel, with its annexe the Temple Hotel[1]. The Temple closed in 2018, was refurbished, and has now re-opened; where the Royal Hotel stood is a car park these days.

Temple Walk is one of the older roads in Matlock Bath and the 1848 tithe map shows it only going approximately as far as the Temple Hotel[2] - it stopped where the Pitchings crosses the modern road. According to both William Adam and Benjamin Bryan, the workmen who built it made an interesting "find". They discovered the head and antlers of a very large moose deer when they were cutting through the tufa bank to make the road[1][ 3]. These were sent to the British Museum.

"Matlock Bath" Postcard, no.2096, in the collection of, provided by © Ann Andrews.
Written and researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] See William Adam's "Gem of the Peak". The Temple was an annexe to the Old Bath. The moose information is contained in one of the footers under Southern End of the Dale

[2] Matlock and Matlock Bath Tithe map, 1848, Derbyshire Record Office

[3] See Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited