There is a quiet corner in Matlock where poets could perhaps either
meet with those of like mind or sit down and create their next
sonnet or epic poem. If you stroll through Hall Lees and walk
behind the building with the black elephant on the gable end next
to the park - it used to be Burgon's and Eldridge's but has also
housed both the Derbyshire Times and Building Society - there is
a hedge, a wall and this seat. Written on the wall behind the
seat, in the gap created between two of the men who are standing,
is a stone on which are the words "The Poets Corner Matlock
As the group of nine Matlock men above do not seem to have notebooks
and pencils, and only two of them are neither holding nor smoking
a pipe, it is hard to know if this is a pipe smokers' club or
a poets' club! The photo was probably taken in the 1920s or 30s,
although it has recently been suggested that the distinctive paperboy
caps two of them have on their knees might date from around 1910
and is is possible they may have been playing bowls.
The man seated on the far right is wearing embroidered velvet slippers
whilst three of his companions sport very sturdy lace-up boots.
The man third from the left is wearing slip-on shoes.
email the web mistress if you can identify any of the
men or provide an exact date. Thank you :-)