The Royal Museum Petrifying Well was located along the main thoroughfare in Matlock Bath, beside the river. There were a number of other petrifying wells in Matlock Bath, due to the emerging thermal springs but this was probably the largest. Today, objects from the wells can be seen in Matlock Bath Aquarium.
What can you see in the photographs above?
Look at the men in the first image. What does their appearance tell us about:
- When the photograph was taken?
- How wealthy they were?
- The job they did?
Looking at the detail, what do you think a petrifying well is?
What do the other signs tell us about Matlock Bath as a place at the time the photograph was taken?