In September 1905 Willersley's lawns were filled with the Arkwright
family's tenants who had been invited to the celebrations marking
the coming of age of Mr. Richard Alleyne Arkwright, the heir to
the estate. Great preparations were made for the event and a large
marquee was erected on the paddock in front of the Castle. Seven
hundred of the tenantry from Cromford, Matlock, Wirksworth, Bonsall,
Middleton and the Marple estate sat down to dinner (now known as
lunch). During the afternoon the numbers swelled to eleven hundred
as school children joined the tenants and they were all served
The postcard dates from the early 1900s. It was taken in the wintertime
as many of the trees are without their leaves and it looks as if
the ground closest to the river is covered with a thin layer
of frost. The seat below the wall was there for many years though
it was, presumably, finally removed when the road was widened in
Willersley, Winter 2001.
Around a hundred years later.