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St. John's Church sits above Matlock Dale. The prospect of the church being built caused quite a stir in the last decade of the nineteenth century. "A munificent gift of a church is being discussed with considerable pleasure amongst the parishioners of Matlock. This is for the isolated district of the Dale, which lies between Matlock Bridge and Matlock Bath, and the donor is understood to be Mrs. Harris, of The Rocks, Matlock Dale. The building is to be for mission services, and the plans are in the hands of Mr. Dawber, the London architect. It is believed that the work will soon be in active progress[1]".


St. John's, Matlock Bath


The pen and ink drawing of St. John's was published in a book by Thomas Tudor in 1926. Tudor wrote: "St. John's Chapel [is] a beautiful little structure built upon the hillside. It stands over an old well and the internal decorations are suggested by the lines of running water. The chapel, and some neighbouring cottages, were built by Mr. Guy Dawber, the eminent architect, who has made a study of the use of local material in country architecture, and they do something to redeem the general banalities of Matlock buildings[2]".


1. Postcard "St. John's Church, Matlock". No publisher. Printed in Bavaria. Not posted. Inland ½d Foreign but with nothing but address on this side 1d, so published before 1918.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
2. Pen and ink drawing from "The High Peak to Sherwood, The hills and dales of old Mercia", Thomas Linthwaite Tudor (1926), published London by Robert Scott. With drawings by Fred Adcock and others.
Drawing in the collection of, provided by and © Private Collector.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only.
References (coloured hyperlinks are to transcripts elsewhere on this website):

[1] "The Derby Mercury", Wednesday, August 5, 1896 - Gift of a Church. Also see Biography of Guy Dawber on this website.
[2] The High Peak to Sherwood, The hills and dales of old Mercia", Thomas Linthwaite Tudor (1926), published London by Robert Scott. With drawings by Fred Adcock and others.