, this kind of think was aimed at the day trippers.
Matlock Bath was not what it had been. Still, the girls were clearly
enjoying themselves. Good, innocent fun and a very sweet picture.
My father took part in many Operatic Soc productions, which is where my
particular interest stems from. He was the tenor lead and played Nankipoo
both at Matlock and at Chesterfield. He was in the Golden Jubilee
Ann Andrews, web mistress of the Matlock and Matlock Bath website, comments:
Thank you for contacting me. I would observe that the Operatic Society
production took place in February 1908 so it is really unlikely that the
photograph has anything to do with the production. The trees are in full
I believe the photograph to have been taken in Matlock Bath, on the opposite
bank of the River Derwent to North Parade and close to the bandstand. There
is a similar photograph to this one, but of the bandstand itself, that shows
people sitting on the riverside seats on the footpath and in which the men
wearing boaters. On the bandstand are people in pierrot costumes singing
their hearts out to entertain the summer visitors! My own suggestion is that
the young girls in your photograph may have been similarly entertaining the
crowds. It would be worthwhile to check the 1908 pages of the Derbyshire
Times for the summer months of 1908/10. As Kathleen points out, the date
fits the clothes of the other people in the photo.
I was very interested when I first saw the Matlock & District Amateur
Operatic Society 19 - 22 Feb 1908 Production in the Victoria Hall,
Matlock Programme of The Mikado production on Ann Andrews' Matlock site
because my grandmother had told me that she, her sister Ada, and her
friend Lottie Warner had played the Three Little Girls From School in
The Mikado when she was young. They are named in the Chorus cast list as
"C. Wall", "A. Wall", and "L. Warner", respectively.
It was even more unexpected and exciting when I came upon your photograph
and enlargement of the Three Girls in costume promenading at Matlock Bath.
I believe they may be :
Frances Mary WALL (Ciss),
then aged 19, of Lime Tree Road, Matlock, my
paternal grandmother, who emigrated to Canada soon after her 1911 marriage
Joseph Joshua FLINT
(Joe), of Wirksworth. She returned home shortly
thereafter, in 1916, to wait out the Great War while my grandfather was in
Jura, France with the Canadian Foresters Corps, C.E.F. (Canadian
Expeditionary Force). She gave birth to my father J.Harold FLINT at home
in Matlock on December 20, 1916. My father was always proud of his British
Passport, and in fact, of all things British.
then aged 24, of Lime Tree Road, Matlock, my grandmother's elder
sister, who took on the mother's role in the family when their mother,
Annabella WALL nee SHEMWELL,
originally of Old Brampton, Derbyshire, died of illness in 1902.
Lottie WARNER I have very little data on. Perhaps one of the Listers can
supply some information.
I am guessing that Frances Mary WALL is in the middle of the trio, with
her sister Ada on the right side of the photo and Lottie WARNER to the
left hand side.
Of course, I'm more than willing to stand corrected if more information
surfaces from others. I understand the Matlock and District Amateur
Operatic Society produced The Mikado in 1908, 1929, 1950, and 1962, but
the photo seems to definitely reflect 1908 fashion.
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