The picture would have been taken shortly before of during the first
few months of the First World War. On the left is the Wheatsheaf,
at that time lived in by Thomas Anthony Walton and his family;
Mr. Walton was a farmer and cab proprietor.
Matlock Town's old sycamore tree, that had stood outside the church
for a long time, was just a broken and rotting stump. These days
another mature tree is in the same spot, surrounded by the low
stone wall at the base of the tree shown here.
There are several people in the photograph. On the Green itself,
by the lamp post, is someone touching the stones though he or she
is not working on them. Also on the Green but close to the tree
stump is a man in a trilby hat and, near him, there is what is
possibly a sack or a box on the wall. Leaning over the
wall next to the road is a group of three men, the closest of whom
is peering down at something behind the wall; a jacket or coat
has been draped over the wall a yard or so to their right. They
could all be working on the removal of the tree stump or just carrying
out routine maintenance. Last but not least there is a small child
at the bottom of the path leading up to the church.
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