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Glass Promenade, Thermal Baths
Dawkins, Sir William Boyd
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The Spa development began in Buxton in 1779, when the 5th Duke of Devonshire planned to create a second Bath. The Thermal Baths were built in c. 1853 by H Currey. The photographer was Sir William Boyd Dawkins( 1837-1929), English geologist and archaeologist. He was a member (1861-69) of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, curator (1870-90) of the Manchester Museum, and professor of geology (from 1872) at Owens College (now Victoria Univ.), Manchester. Noted for his research on fossil mammals and on the antiquity of man, he wrote Cave Hunting (1874) and Early Man in Britain (1880) and was co-author of The British Pleistocene Mammalia (6 vol., 1866-1912). In 1919 he was knighted.