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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[1].

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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"Green and Church, Matlock", Valentine's Series, No. 79653, British Manufacture. Not posted, but registered in 1914.
Message on back to "Willie" - "As promised I am sending you a church ... I think I shall retire, & take a little cottage up this way"
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References:

[1] There are several references to Thomas Walton living at the Wheatsheaf. For example: 1881 census | 1891 census | 1901 census | Kelly's 1908 Directory | 1911 census | Kelly's 1916 Directory. In the 1850s his father had been a stone mason, living on the Bank, but Thomas always seems to have lived at the former inn.
[2] Matlock, Riber & Starkholmes Newspaper Cuttings, 1855, describes a celebration following the fall of Sebastopol here and a large table under the tree.