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Matlock: Memorial Cards for Internments at St. Giles' & elsewhere (4)
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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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Names on this page, presented alphabetically:
Ann Smith | William Henry Smith
John Wildgoose | Margaret Wildgoose | Thomas Frederick Wildgoose
Hannah Jane Wood | Thomas Wood | Private James Henry Woodhouse

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.

Ann Smith
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Ann Farnsworth, daughter of John Farnsworth bleacher, married Joseph Smith, a nurseryman, a widower and son of Joseph Smith at St John, Deansgate, Manchester on 1 Sep 1870. When she died in 1895 she was living on Matlock Bank.
She was christened at St. Giles' in December 1838.
She can be found in Matlock in the 1851 census | the 1861 census | the 1871 census | the 1881 census | the 1891 census

William Henry Smith
Folding memorial card with black borders. The design on the front cover is embossed.
William Henry Smith was born in Matlock in 1912. His mother's maiden name was Bannister, but it is currently not known if his father was Frederick Smith or Edwin Smith.


John Wildgoose
Folding memorial card with fine black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Verse not included.
John Wildgoose was a stonemason and lived on Matlock Bank. He was christened at St. Giles' in 1825, the son of John and Mary Ann. He married Betsy Stoppard in 1859 at the Reform Wesleyan Methodist Chapel, Holloway. His wife pre-deceased him.
He can be found in the 1851 census | the 1861 census | the 1871 census | the 1881 census | the 1891 census.
He had been connected with the old prize band and was known locally as "trombone" because of the instrument he played.
See Wills, Surnames W

Margaret Wildgoose
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Margaret Wildgoose was unmarried. Her parents were Joshua Wildgoose and Mary Ann, nee Mycock, who married at Matlock on 1 Nov 1852.
She can be found in Matlock in the 1881 census | the 1891 census.
Her brother was Thomas Frederick Wildgoose, below.

Thomas Frederick Wildgoose
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Thomas Frederick Wildgoose was a son of Joshua and Mary Ann Wildgoose of Matlock Bank.
He can be found in Matlock in the 1881 census | the 1901 census
His sister was Margaret Wildgoose, above.

Hannah Jane Wood
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Verse not included.
Hannah Jane Cooper married James Wood at St. Helen's, Darley on 20 Dec 1891. She was a daughter of John Cooper and his wife Millicent of Matlock Bank and was born in 1870. She can be found in the 1871 census | the 1881 census. Her mother died when she was about 8 years old. Hannah Jane and her husband were living at Matlock Moor at the time of her death.

Thomas Wood
Folding memorial card with black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
Verse not included.
Thomas Wood was the infant son of Hannah Jane (nee Cooper) and James Wood. His mother's death is recorded above. His parents were said to be of Matlock Bank when he was buried.

Private James Henry Woodhouse
Memorial card opening from the centre. Black borders, surrounded by a silver edging.
British Manufacture on the back.
James Henry Woodhouse was a casualty of the First World War. His name is on Matlock's War memorial, where more information can be found.
He is shown living in Lumsdale with his parents in the 1881 census.
 

Burials took place at:

St. Giles' Church
1904

St. Giles
Lych Gate

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.