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Matlock: Memorial Cards for Internments at St. Giles' & elsewhere (1)
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Here are a small collection of 24 memorial cards dating from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century with the earliest dated 1889 and the most recent from 1925. They are mostly for St. Giles' burials, but a few of those commemorated in this way were interred at St. Helen's Church, Darley Dale and there is one person who was buried at Lea. In these cases they or their relatives were from Matlock originally, or had lived in the town for many years.

The cards shown here were mostly folding cards, approximately 3" x 4" in size, with the fold on the left and the opening on the right, though some opened outwards from the centre; there is just one example of this design in the collection. A suitable religious picture and text was on the front, usually surrounded by a black border and enclosed ins another border of a silvery grey (or vice versa). The card opened onto a double page with a short verse or quotation on the left and the name of the deceased and details of their death and burial on the right. This section often also stated the deceased was "the beloved wife/ husband of " or "child/son/daughter of". The backs were blank although there was sometimes a printer's number.

There are also a few that were single cards with no picture; these also had plain backs.

The cards would have been sent to friends, relatives and acquaintances by the bereaved family after the funeral had taken place - the burials are all referred to in the past tense. The card's white envelope with its black border, often thick, would have been unmistakable when it dropped through the letterbox. The main printers in Matlock from 1900 to 1916 were George Hodgkinson of Holt Lane and Henry Roberts of Crown Square.


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Surnames A - B
Names on this page, presented alphabetically:
Alsop M | Bannister J | Bannister W | Byard E

The images are almost all shown in the following order:
the front;
the deceased's details;
the verse or quotation, where given.
This is followed a little information about the person commemorated on the card.


Mary Alsop
Folding memorial card with silver borders, surrounded by a black edging.
Mary Alsop [Allsopp], nee Wildgoose and formerly Stevenson, was living on Snitterton Road when she died, aged 79, in Matlock. She and her first husband, Matthew Stevenson, were at Belle Vue Hydro for around twenty years. She subsequently married Adam Allsopp and continued running Belle Vue for a number of years.
See Belle Vue Hydro | the 1891 census | the 1901 census
Also see her Will info, Surnames A

James Bannister
Folding memorial card with black borders.
James Bannister was born in Derby in 1878, a son of a watchmaker James Bannister and his wife Selina (nee Goodlad). He was christened at St. Luke's, Derby on 13 April 1884. James snr. died in 1886 and the family moved to Matlock, where their mother had been born.
See the 1891 census | the 1901 census.
In 1911, when the family were living on Jackson Road, he was employed as a stone cutter.
His brother's memorial card is below.

William Bannister
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
William Bannister was born in Derby in 1883, another son of the watchmaker James Bannister and his wife Selina (nee Goodlad). Following their father's death in 1886 the family moved to Matlock, where their mother had been born.
See the 1891 census | the 1901 census.
In 1911, when the family were living on Jackson Road, he was employed as a house porter at Hydro. He had previously worked as a baker.
His brother's memorial card is above.

Eliza Byard
Folding memorial card with silver borders, surrounded by a black edging.
Printer's code S266 is on the back.
Eliza Byard, nee Brown, died in Matlock in 1922, aged 59. She had married John Byard, a builder, at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Bakewell in 1892.
The couple can be found in the 1901 census. In 1911 they lived on Cavendish Road with their young son. She is also listed in Strays, Surnames B for 1891.
John Byard, who survived Eliza, is shown as running apartments in Kelly's 1908 Directory
 

Burials took place at:

St. Giles' Church
1904

St. Giles
before 1910

Church interior
 

Memorial cards in the collection of, provided by and © Tony Curnock and his wife Lesley, from their collection of funeral ephemera.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.