Taken c1888. See also Views by Barber
Posted 1906. Hotel in middle left, taken from Wild Cat Tor,
see this view in 1869.
New Bath Hotel, Matlock Bath
Located on New Bath Road, on the South (Cromford) side of Matlock Bath.
The New Bath Hotel at Matlock Bath has been reviving tired spirits since
the year in which Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie led
his Jacobites as far South as nearby Derby. The new bath after which the
hotel is named was a naturally heated spa bath opened in 1745 about a
quarter of a mile away from the first primitive mineral bath which had
operated since 1698. The New Bath, to distinguish it from the Old Bath
had water "as warm if not warmer than the other Bath". By the end of the
18th century the bath and its arched stone roof were incorporated into
the hotel building. Today the "new bath" serves as the hotel's indoor
plunge pool and is still fed by the waters of the mineral spring which
emerge from the ground at a constant 68°F winter and summer.
Managers of the Hotel, Staff, servants and residents and guests
can be found in the Census as follows:
Since the 18th century the hotel has been repeatedly extended and now
boasts a fine banqueting hall which can seat 150 and opens on to
gardens providing a charming area to take pre dinner drinks. In the
early part of the 20th century a large outdoor swimming pool was opened
in the grounds which is in use from May to September. As with the indoor
pool the water is naturally heated to 68°F.
On the opposite bank of the River Derwent there is an outflow of spa water
from the New Bath Hotel - it is warm and 'steams' in winter and has left
a calcite deposit on the bank of the river. A hundred metres upriver a
fine steel footbridge (not marked on some OS maps) crosses the Derwent.
Enlargement from 1910 real photo.
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