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WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Photo 599


Reynards Cave Arch in Dovedale, Derbyshire.

Posted 20 Nov 1905 from Duffield.

Mrs Coxon and Olly Oakley.

This old postcard shows a famous sight from Dovedale in Derbyshire, and is sent from Duffield. The card has the neat circular cancel mark of Duffield 1905. Wiggon Lee Farm is at OS ref 333-516 (DE56 2RE) and today farms "mixed crops".

Joseph and Mary Coxon farmed at Wiggonlee Farm in the 1901 Census. The PC refers to an "Uncle Willie" and a coachman William Coxon lived in nearby Matlock. The writer seems to be an enthusiastic schoolboy describing his daring exploits to his Aunt.

Posted Monday 20 Nov 1905 from Duffield to:
Mrs Coxon, Wiggon Lee Farm, Alderwasley, Nr Wirksworth

"Shall expect you & Uncle Willie to come on my toboggan with me this season. We skate regularly scamper up here on a rope, Much to Mummy's horror! We are all first rate in the health line, & next? we all are Skating tomorrow I hope. Mine are in great readiness. We are going to a big banjo concert on Wed Eve [22 Nov 1905] with Mr Olley Oakley playing in it. ? ? M.M?

Wiggon Lee Farm in 2000
The Zither-banjo website describes Olly Oakley as "Arguably the greatest and certainly the most popular banjoist of all time" who "formed a highly successful concert party" and was aged about 28 and living in Liverpool when the writer was due to see him in concert. But where was the concert? Perhaps the Zither-banjo website can help?
Olly Oakley and
his zither-banjo.

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