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Holme Road area 1910-20



The Clarence. The back entrance is almost opposite no.4.



Mr. Andrew Burdett, who was a signalman, was one of several Gloucestershire railwaymen who lived in Matlock Bath[1]. His wife, Mary, taught the piano[2]. The family started out at 2 Devonshire Terrace on Brunswood Road when they first moved to the village[3]. They later moved to Ivydene (5 Clarence Villas on Brunswood Road) and let out "Apartments"[4], as their business card attached to the photograph shows.

There was to be tragedy for the family. The second son, Thomas Cecil Burdett, was killed in action in Mesopotamia during the First World War. He left behind a widow and small baby daughter[5]. It is unclear if the photograph is of Thomas and his wife with Andrew and Mary, or of one of the couple's other sons, but the younger man is more likely to be Ralph Burdett.
Please email the web mistress if you know the answer.

By the late 1940s, Mr. and Mrs. Mosedale lived at Ivydene and the Clay family lived next door at No.4. The ivy and other climbing plants on the walls had been removed in the intervening years but the very pretty Victorian barge-boards remain to this day[5].

The web mistress was hoping to include a photograph taken during the winter of 1947, but at present it remains elusive! The image (below) is of 4 Clarence Villas taken in May 1949 but not shown is the fuchsia hedge we had which grew up over the summer.

4 Clarence Villas

Top photograph and business card in he collection of, provided by and © Ken Smith.
Bottom photograph © Ann Andrews
Image scanned for this website and information researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Reminiscences of the late Mr. Frank Clay, from his private papers and notes owned by the web mistress.

[2] From conversations with Ken Smith.

[3] In the 1901 census the family, who were living at the house on Devonshire Terrace, were wrongly recorded as Burnett

[4] The Burdett family were listed at Ivydene in Kelly's 1916 Directory, Kelly's 1922 Directory, Kelly's 1925 Directory. They were not found earlier or later. Mr Henstock was listed as living at No 5 Clarence Villas in Kelly's Directory of 1895 and Kelly's Directory of 1899. Mrs. West was there in 1901, although the house number was not given

[5] Also see Names on Matlock Bath's War Memorial

[6] Family and other photos owned by the web mistress or given to have been checked - she was born next door, at number 4