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Matlock Bath + War Memorial

Matlock Bath is a village in Derbyshire, 1½ miles from Matlock on the A6 and by the River Derwent.

As we were to be travelling along the A6 and I have a crested china model of Matlock Bath’s War Memorial I was keen to stop and photograph the real thing. It lies between the main street and the river in a little wooded area and would be easy to miss if you’re just passing through.

War Memorial, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

It’s slightly unusual in style bearing the figures of a soldier and sailor holding a Union flag.

Matlock Bath War Memorial Figures

The inscription reads, “Our glorious dead,” and, “In honoured memory of the men of Matlock Bath who gave their all in the Great War of Nations 1914 – 1919,” with at the bottom of the column, “Their name liveth for evermore.”

An information board sits to its side:-

Information, Matlock Bath War Memorial

Memorial from West, inscribed , “Duty nobly done, Honour bravely won, Loyal hearts now rest, By God’s peace now blest.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial from West

From north, inscribed, “Also in honoured memory of the men who gave their lives in the World War 1939 -1945.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial From North

From east, inscribed, “Greater Love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Matlock Bath War Memorial from East

Further along Matlock Bath’s main street there is a café with hints of Art Deco:-

Art Deco Style, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire

William Wordsworth and Cockermouth

Cockermouth’s most famous son is the poet William Wordsworth.

There is a huge statue of a Lord Mayo on Main Street, though. From the inscription it sounds like Mayo was a bit of an imperial adventurer. He became Viceroy of India and was assassinated in the Andaman Islands!

Anyway, below is Wordsworth’s boyhood home on the junction of Main Street (right) and Crown Street (left.)

Quite imposing. And difficult to photograph without a car in the shot!

We viewed the house and garden – both overseen by the National Trust. We got there just as it was opening at eleven a.m. and there was a queue. Apparently at the height of the tourist season it’s mobbed.

William Wordsworth's Boyhood House, Cockermouth

Here’s a view of the garden from the house. It’s a bit sparse looking after the coldest early spring in Britain for 50 years. The River Derwent is a footpath or so beyond the wall at the back. It was from the terrace there I photographed the bridge over the Derwent I featured a couple of posts ago.

Garden from Wm Wordsworth's House

There is a small bust of Wordsworth on a pedestal on Gallowbarro – the bar of the “T” to Main Street and Crown Street.

Bust of William Wordsworth, Cockermouth

Just to the right of where I took the above photo is a memorial fountain to both William and his sister Dorothy. This was taken at more or less a right angle to where I photographed their childhood home.

Memorial Fountain to William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Cockermouth

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