Unposted. Taken about 1905.
Enlargement from the postcard. Could this be John and Kate Starkey?
Their ages look about right. If the photo was taken in 1905, they
would have been about 55.
Keith Repton of Derby and his brother from Wirksworth have been of
the greatest help in tracing the house shown in the postcard, and
discovering the people who once lived there. Here is what we have found:
John STARKEY, a schoolmaster and his wife Catherine lived here. They
can be followed in the Census for:
The gravestone in the Baptist Churchyard on North End reads:
Kate/beloved wife of/John Starkey/Charnwood, Wirksworth/who fell asleep/
April 24th 1909/aged 61 years.
Also/John Henry Starkey/died Dec 30th 1924/aged 75 years.
Keith Repton writes:
The house on the CD you are calling CHARMWOOD is called CHARNWOOD,
it is to be found on Cromford Rd going out towards Steeple Grange.
The people who used to live there are now buried in the [Baptist]
Church on North End, I will send you a jpeg image of
the gravestone as soon as I can get one.... be in touch soon as possible.
Mr P. Repton writes:
....I recognised the house which is situated on Cromford Road, just opposite
the "Old Toll House", but it is in fact called "Charnwood"....
Keith Repton writes again:
As promised the photo's of Charnwood House & the gravestone
of past occupants , the house is on Cromford Rd next to
Fern House &
they have a shared drive, if you need anything in the future please
get in touch.
George Cash writes:
"Charnwood was by the early 1950s the home of the late Dr & Mrs Leslie C. Fletcher, but they moved in the mid-fifties to the Old Manor House in
Coldwell St as shown in photo 392. At that time
there was not a shared
drive between Charnwood and Fern House but a solid wall and hedge, but
neither house had a driveway or garage. The present shared arrangement
was put in in the mid 60s"
Taken 2006 in the Baptist churchyard in North End, Wirksworth.
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