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Some seasonal photographs taken in January 2010 when heavy snowfall enveloped the country

Riverside pathway, Lovers' Walks

1. Lovers' Walks, the River Derwent and the new(er) bridge.
Lifebuoys and ropes were first introduced along the river bank at points where the river was considered to be dangerous following a boating disaster in 1891 in which two people lost their lives. The Buxton Coroner had recommended purchasing such equipment to Matlock Bath's Local Board and had even advised them where to buy it. Mr. Wheatcroft, a Board member at the time, said it was "disgraceful that, having a river upon which many thousands of excursionists went in boats, they even had to go to Matlock Bridge when they wanted a paltry drag. It was all the more reprehensible that these lifebuoys were very inexpensive"[1]. The ones bought then weren't red, of course, but lifebuoys have been life savers on several occasions in the intervening years.

Steps up the Lovers' Walks hillside

2. Lovers' Walks, steps up the hillside.
Just one of the steep pathways that both locals and tourists have enjoyed using since the mid eighteenth century.
This path is the one close to the tufa arched shelter near the children's play area.

Cat Tor

3. Cat Tor, or Wild Cat Tor
No climbers can be seen on the limestone escarpment above the River Derwent in this snow scene.

Jubilee Bridge

4. Jubilee Bridge.
The bridge dates from 1887.

Jubilee Bridge, looking towards Starkholmes

5. Jubilee Bridge, the river, part of North Parade and a snow covered Starkholmes on the hillside above.

Matlock Bath's beautiful memorial to the soldiers who perished in WW1 and WW2

6. The War Memorial.
The Promenade is at its widest here, but road widening in the mid 1960s has meant that the wide walkway enjoyed by the Victorians and Edwardians is much reduced.

Heavy snowfall in the district but this train was on time

7. Heavy snow again on 1 Dec 2010 - and the train was on time!

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Snow in 1947

Snow 1960-70

More about Lovers' Walks

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Jubilee Bridge & Derwent

One of several images

The War Memorials

Photographs by and original copyright © Margaret Beresford.
Information written, researched, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

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

[1] "The Derby Mercury", 10 Aug 1892. Report of meeting of Matlock Bath's Local Board