You should be standing on the path, with the swimming baths to your left and the car park behind you. In front is the iconic Octagon, first built as a concert hall in 1875, four afters after the gardens opened.
This postcard was sent in 1907, but the print on it could be older. As such, the Octagon was not very old when this was taken. How does it compare to the view today?
Whoever wrote this postcard was clearly enjoying their stay in Buxton in 1907. Part of the message reads,
Will you kindly forward any letters that come for me to the above address. I’m having a blinking good time…”
There’s no clue in the message whether or not they spent time here in Pavilion Gardens.
The Octagon was designed as a Concert Hall by Buxton Architect, Ropert Rippon Duke, who also designed the nearby Devonshire Dome. The success of concerts and theatre shows at the Octagon eventually led to construction of the Opera House at the opposite end of the gardens.