Catch your breath at this vantage point. From here we can appreciate the natural beauty and grandeur of the landscape that the Derwent has carved out. [caption id="attachment_7147" align="alignnone" width="1024"] With your back to the high street below, face the aptly named High Tor. A ‘tor’ is a large, free-standing rock outcrop that rises abruptly from its surroundings, which this one looming over us certainly does![/caption] In its Victorian heyday, Matlock Bath and its neighbouring countryside were often referred to as ‘little Switzerland’. From here ... (read more)
View of Matlock Bath
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View of Matlock Bath, oil painting by William Marlow, around 1780.
This view shows the River Derwent and the Old Bath Hotel, with people going about their business, fishing, walking and riding. The hotel featured was demolished and rebuilt in 1801. There are several prints of this view made over many years. These allow researchers to compare the buildings, road layouts and river engineering that took place around Matlock Bath over several decades.
Matlock Baths spring water was discovered in 1600. At 20°C, it is cooler than Buxton water. Matlock village, in the beautiful, sheltered valley of the River Derwent, soon attracted visitors. From the late 1700s both Buxton and Matlock Bath developed thriving tourist trades, with hotels, theatres, concerts, horse racing and ballrooms. By the 1900s, customers came to both towns for hydrotherapy water treatments believed to cure all ills.
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)
Wonders linked to this object:
Our trail begins with our back to the main road. To our left along the high street is the row of shops that epitomise Matlock Bath’s tourism today, But look ahead towards the river and its banks and we can find out how Matlock’s visitor appeal all began. You can’t miss the pink tones and dome of the now slightly tired looking ‘Grand’ Pavilion. The building seems at odds with the natural backdrop behind it. But the two are actually closely related. The Grand Pavilion once stood ... (read more)