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Else family wedding.They lived at Lime Tree House for about 80 years.

The former Lime Tree View on Lime Tree Lane

Past Matlock & Matlock Bath photographers

This wonderful photograph of the ancient lime tree, that stood for centuries on Lime Tree Hill, was taken by the Matlock photographer Joseph V. Drake. The winter scene, with the valley below Riber full of mist, is believed to date from the 1920s. The road was slushy, so perhaps snow had fallen a few days before. The old tree stood at the junction of Lime Tree Hill and what is known today as Hurst Rise, but was then called Dark Lane. The buildings shown on the left of the picture were on Dark Lane, opposite Lime Tree House. The tree was showing signs of its great age, with several large limbs damaged and broken. It was felled on 26th March 1928, as shown on the image's mount (below), which was both dated and signed by the then Surveyor of the Matlocks Urban District Council, Mr. Joseph Turner[1]. The tree was never replaced.

Signed and mounted photograph in the collection of and provided by and © Judy Cooper.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only


[1] Mr. Turner is shown as the Surveyor in Kelly's 1916 Directory, officials. The first directory his name appeared in was Kelly's 1912 Directory.