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"There is fine modern craftsmanship in the oak stalls, the organ case, and the pulpit"[1]. This photograph of the church interior, showing all three items, would have been taken not long after the 1908 dedication service following the installation of a new organ and choir stalls[2]. If you loook carefully at the clerk's desk in front of the reading-pew you can just about make out the carved figure of St. Giles on the side closest to the pulpit. The stalls had been paid for by Miss Margaret Harrison of Dean Hill, a very generous benefactress of both the church and the community. She died on 6 Mar 1918 and amongst the many bequests in her Will was one of £1,000 for the augmentation of the endowment of St. Giles'[3].

"The most engaging small possession of the church is hanging on the wall of an aisle, a set of six paper garlands"[1] (click on the black and white image below for more information).

An alabaster tomb in the south aisle is probably the most important monument in the church; it has engraved portraits of Anthony Wolley and his wife, with their four sons and two daughters below them. The Wolley children were John, Edward, Anthony, Thomas, Anne and Jane. Anthony senior "is clad in an ample a fur-lined gown, reaching to his feet, and having long hanging sleeves. His wife also wears a long robe, with sleeves of similar cut, open down the front, but with fastenening ties [bows] at intervals". A close fitting Tudor cap is on her head[4]. This tomb was moved about 1907[5] from its former position in the choir vestry[4].

Several of the stained glass windows are in memory of the Leacroft family[6]. There are also three gritstone tablets commemorating those who fell in the First World War. When the memorial was discussed at a Vestry Meeting in May 1919 it was felt that all the parishioners would want the most permanent memorial possible placed in the church, quite apart from other erected memorials in the town[7]. The Rector, Canon Kewley[8], had made a huge effort to ensure that the names of those who died during the conflict were recorded which later proved helpful in providing the names for the church memorial and the town memorial on top of Pic Tor.

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St. Giles Church (Interior), Matlock. The Loca-Vu Photo Co., Publishers, Sheffield, No.80. Printed in England. Not used.
Postcard in the collection of and provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only

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

[1] Mee, Arthur (ed.) (1937) "Derbyshire: The Peak Country", The King's England Series, Hodder and Stoughton Limited, London
[2] There is more about the carving and the new organ on St. Giles' Church in the First Decade of the Twentieth Century. The dedication service was reported in the "Sheffield Independent" of 10 February 1908 and the "Derbyshire Courier" of 15 February 1908. The oak carving of the stalls seem to have been designed by the people's warden, William Nathan Statham, as the carving was mentioned in his obituary but the dedication reports do not mention this. It is also quite probable that he took the photo for this postcard as he definitely took another one of the church (see Photographers, Statham) which was published by Loca-Vu and it cannot be a co-incidence that this particular picture shows his work.
[3] "Derbyshire Courier," 26 April 1919.
[4] Bryan, Benjamin (1903) "History of Matlock - Matlock, Manor and Parish" London by Bemrose & Sons, Limited. There is also a description of the Wolley monument in Mee. The transcript of this memorial and others for the Wolley/Woolley families can be found in the list of MIs in the church. Also see the three Wolley Pedigrees.
[5] "Derbyshire Courier", 3 August 1907. Referral to the Derbyshire Archaeological Society.
[6] See the Leacroft MIs in the church: ch18 | ch19 | ch24 | ch25 | ch38 and also that of Mrs. Greaves- ch32. Their relationship can be seen in the Pedigree of Leacroft.
[7] "Derbyshire Courier," 3 May 1919. Names on the walls. Proposed Memorial at Matlock Parish Church.
[8] Rev. Kewley became a Canon in 1915. "Derbyshire Courier", 27 March 1915.