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Well known craftsmen of the day were employed at St. John's to undertake the plastering and make the stained glass windows for Mrs. Harris and her architect Guy Dawber. The ceiling is barrel-vaulted and the decorative freize and arches are shown in the photograph, with a detail below. The exquisite plasterwork was done by George P. Bankart, an extremely skilled plasterer; his design includes birds flying across the ceiling.

On the walls are fourteen large "Stations of the Cross", some of which are shown in the photograph. The closest "Station" to the lectern is described below it as "Jesus is placed in the sepulchre" and next to it is "Jesus taken down from the cross".

The lectern is also exquisite.

Plasterwork, detail
Plasterwork, detail
  Lectern, close up
Lectern, detail

"St. John's Church Interior, Matlock". Ivanhoe Series, Published by J. Crowther Cox, 12, The Crofts, Rotherham. No. 38987. Unposted.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ken Smith.
Image scanned for this website and information written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.