Hotel ruins after fire

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The charred remains of the former Royal Hotel are shown in this photograph.

The grand building, which was completed in 1878 on the site of the Old Bath Hotel in Matlock Bath, burnt down in April 1929.

Originally built as a hydro, it was used during the Great War as a convalescent home for Canadian officers.

The fire began on the evening of Easter Monday and is thought to have been caused by the wind blowing through an open window and causing a curtain to come into contact with a naked gas jet.

Following the devastating fire just a small wing of the building remained for 30 years afterwards.

The site is now occupied by the car park of Gullivers Kingdom.