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Cromford Court, along with other large buildings in both Matlock Bath and Matlock, was requisitioned during the Second World War and soldiers were billeted in the property. Here are a small group of soldiers larking about in a reception room that had been converted to soldier's sleeping quarters. On the bench under the window are neatly folded clothes and a straw boater.

It is interesting to see how well finished the interior of the house was. Apart from the bench and panelling there are some lovely Art Nouveau details in the leaded windows. This room can be seen from the outside on some close ups of the building's exterior. Post war the room was used for fancy dress evenings and similar entertainments (see the bottom image on this link).

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Photograph in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Information researched by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only.