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Matlock: Memorial Cards for Internments at St. Giles' & elsewhere (2)
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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 Cooper
Names on this page, presented alphabetically:
George Eustace Cooper (child) | Levi Cooper | Lilian Cooper (child)
Jane Cooper (Child) | Jane Cooper | Tom Cooper | Thomas Cooper

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.


George Eustace Cooper (child)
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
George Eustace Cooper was born in Matlock in 1885, the youngest child of Thomas and Hannah Cooper.
He was living with his family on Wellington Street in the 1891 census.
Both his parents pre-deceased him.

Levi Cooper
Folding memorial card with black borders. The design on the front is embossed.
Levi Cooper was the son of John and Millicent Cooper of Matlock Bank. He was born in Matlock in 1855 and christened at St. Giles' in August 1855.
He was living with his parents in the 1861 census | the 1871 census |
He married Jane Barker at Bakewell Register Office in 1878.
The couple were living with their family in the 1881 census | the 1891 census | the 1901 census

Lilian Cooper (child)
Memorial card with black border.
Lilian, who was born in 1878, was a daughter of Thomas and Hannah Cooper.
The family were living in Matlock in the 1881 census.

Jane Cooper (Child)
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
The design code or card number M.56 is on the back.
Jane's birth was registered in Q1 1897. Her parents, Sydney and Eliza (nee Wildgoose) had married in at St. Helen's, Darley Dale on 24 Jul 1886. When Jane was buried the family's address was given as Needhams Row, Darley.

Jane Cooper
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Jane Cooper (nee Barker) was living on Cavendish Road when she passed away in 1910.
She was born in Winster in 1852 and was the daughter of Samuel and Martha Barker. In 1871, aged 10, she was working as a servant and living in the house of Mr. Llewellynn Jewitt, the editor of "The Reliquary" and author of "The Matlock Companion", on Winster's Market Street.
She married Levi Cooper at Bakewell Register Office in 1878.
The couple were living with their family on Matlock Bank in the 1881 census | the 1891 census | the 1901 census.

Tom Cooper
Folding memorial card with black border. The design on the front is embossed.
The code or card number S.351 is on the back
Thomas Cooper, son of Sidney [sic], of Needham Terrace, Church Town, was enrolled at All Saints School on on 21 Sep 1897. His date of birth was given as 23 Apr 1889.
The 1911 census shows Tom, aged 22, living with his parents on Hackney Lane and working as a nurseryman whilst his father was a crane driver at a gritstone quarry.

Thomas Cooper
Memorial card with thick black border.
Thomas Cooper was born in Matlock in 1841 and christened at St. Giles' in September 1841. His parents were John and Mary Cooper of Matlock Bank.
He was living with his parents and siblings in the 1851 census
He married Hannah Unknown. Was his wife Hannah Fox? They were in Yorkshire in 1871 - see Strays, Surnames C
He was back in Matlock in the 1881 census. Hannah outlived her husband but she died at Matlock Bank in 1894 and was buried at St. Giles' on 9 April.
 

Burials took place at:

St. Giles
before 1908



St. Helen's Darley
 

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.