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Whilst no names accompany this photograph and all that is written on the back is "Matlock Bank School 1903", we know the group will be the headmaster and staff of All Saints' by comparing it with others from the same period[1]. From various trade directories and census returns we know that the headmaster was Robert Henry Baker[2]; he is recognisable from other images because of his moustache. He was listed as the headmaster in 1895 and remained at the school until at least 1916[3].

In 1899 All Saints Junior School was inspected, with the verdict very positive. The report, issued on 10 May 1899, listed the staff[4]:

Staff.
R. H. Baker. Master[2].
Annie Thompson. Ex. P.T. (living at Matlock Bridge in the 1901 census).
M. E. Kenworthy. Art. 68 (the 1901 census).
Ada M. Goodwin. 3rd Yr. P.T. (living at Hurst Farm in the 1901 census).
Hilda Hart - Temporary Monitress (the 1901 census).
Millicent Clay - Temporary Monitress (Great aunt of the web mistress - see the 1901 census).

Some of the additional names may be of people in the photograph.


Please Contact Ann if you recognise any of the other staff in the picture.


Photograph in the collection of and provided by and © Glynn Waite. Researched by and © Ann Andrews Intended for personal use only

References (coloured links are to transcripts or more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Mitchell, Ian (2000) "A History of All Saints' Church Matlock Bank (1876-2000)", pub. All Saints' PCC. There are two photographs of the school's headmaster, although the book does not provide his name. One of the pictures is also published in "A Matlock Bank Miscellany", a series of essays written by All Saints' Local History Group.
[2] In the 1901 census Mr. Baker was living on Bank Road. By 1911 he and his family had moved to Smedley St West.
[3] His name appears in Kelly's Directory, 1895 | Kelly's Directory, 1899 | Kelly's Directory, 1908 - also as Secretary of the Conservative Club | Kelly's Directory, 1912 | Kelly's Directory, 1916.
[4] School Admission Registers & Log-books, Derbyshire Record Office. There are some extracts from these - see Nineteenth Century Lists: All Saints' School