Sunday, 26 March 2017

Matlock - Derbyshire

The formal name for the town is Matlock Springs. People have been living in the area for close to 2000 years, but the springs were hidden until 300 years ago.


Matlock has a population of 20,000 people, yet it is the county town of Derbyshire. The town was large enough for a mention in the Domesday Book but it remained fairly insignificant until 1698, when the first of the healing water springs was discovered. That led to a population explosion and Matlock becoming renowned for its spas and healing powers.


That situation remained for quite a long time, but began to wane over the second half of the last century. However, other attractions began to take shape. The River Derwent is still quite lively as it passes through Matlock and that brought power to the mills. The most famous – Masson Mill – is still there today, but is now a shopping and outlet centre.


Today the most popular attractions are Gulliver’s Kingdom and the Heights of Abraham, sitting high above the tower and accessible by cable car.


Matlock



Heights of Abraham