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St. John's Church peeps out from amongst the trees on the hillside above the row of cottages and houses in Matlock Dale.

However, in early 1912 some of the people who lived in the Common Wood cottages had a narrow escape when there was quite a serious landslip at about 6 o'clock in the morning[1]. The Derby paper reported that the affected area of the Dale "is situated well above the main roadway. ... Four villa residences stand perched on the hillside below the Dale Church-road and it was the embankment above the houses [that] gave way", with the damage extending to about 20 feet in length. "Tons of masonry crashed into the rear of the houses occupied by Messrs. Frank Buckley and G. T. Smith and other parts of the embankment were pushed out of position".

It was still dark when the landslip occurred and George Talbot Smith, a book keeper working for a Matlock ironmonger, had been asleep. His neighbour, Frank Buckley,had just gone to work, having left by his front door. "Mr. Ernest Taylor, the owner of the houses said accident partly due to wet weather and partly due to some heavy traffic on the Dale Church road".

Postcard published by Charles Colledge, Smedley Street, Matlock. Unposted
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "Derby Daily Telegraph, 18 January 1912. An early morning sensation.