The postcard depicts Matlock Bath’s Royal Hotel with the Palais Royal (Old Pavilion) and its gardens. The Royal Hotel replaced the “Old Bath” hotel and a limited company was founded in 1883 to redevelop the area after the Old Bath hotel fell into disrepair. It was initially owned and developed by Major Wieland who spent a significant amount of money on both the hotel and the surrounding area. It was closed to the public during the First World War when it was used as a convalescent home by Canadian officers. The Royal Hotel changed hands in 1928 and became the property of Mr. R. J. Bray who spent a considerable sum refitting the bedrooms and adding new baths. Sadly, the hotel suffered a fire on April, 1st 1929. The damage was significant, with the top floors of the older building being gutted, and only the West wing survived for another thirty years. The site is now occupied by Gulliver’s Kingdom.