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