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Landscape record MDR9952 - Derwent Pleasure Gardens, Matlock Bath

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Derwent Pleasure Gardens, including romantic 'Gothick' grottoes and cave built of tufa stone in the 19th century. (1) Derwent Gardens were laid out during the 1890s as a private enterprise featuring a switchback. They were acquired by Matlock Council in the mid 20th century and remain in local authority ownership. The gardens have gravel paths, lawns and beds edged with small boulders in a layout of the late 20th century which incorporates a range of earlier features. A fountain of 19th century date lies c. 70m south of the entrance. It rises from a central mound of rustic tufa in the centre of an informal pool. A path along the west side of the site runs beneath a wooded tufa bank past an elaborate tufa grotto with an openwork parapet, c. 10m south-west of the entrance. A second tufa grotto, c. 40m to the south, is a simple arched recess with tufa within it which was probably fed by a spring. The path continues southwards past a small tufa alcove set into the bank and continues to a fountain from which water falls over a rustic stepped cascade to a pool, c. 200m south of the entrance. These grottoes and fountains are the restored remains of a system of water features and grottoes fed by thermal spring water which were created during the late 19th century. A mid-20th century shelter lies c. 120m south of the entrance. (2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Unpublished document: County Treasure Recording Form. 10(i).1, with photo.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: English Heritage. Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England. Part 10, Derbyshire. Derwent Gardens.



Grid reference Centred SK 2948 5792 (158m by 272m)

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Record last edited

May 11 2022 9:50AM

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