Postcards of village’s past

1930s Longcliffe Quarry group
1930s Longcliffe Quarry group

A VILLAGE’S history has been brought to life in a new book that delves in to the people, places and picture postcards of a bygone era.

The publication by Michael Greatorex focuses on his birth place of Winster but also looks at his love affair with postcards.

Winster Main Street with stalls

Winster Main Street with stalls

The book contains over 100 black and white pictures including outdoor events, groups and societies and village families from the Edwardian period up to the 1960s.

During the 18th century, Winster was an important village in Derbyshire but its importance declined when lead mining finished.

Images of quarry workers in the lead mining industry during the 18th century, village festivities, Winster Wakes , well-known characters and local landmarks makes up the charming collection.

From the start of the 20th century to the end of the Great War in 1918 the postcard was the favoured reliable means of mass written communication.

Woolleys yard Winster

Woolleys yard Winster

It became the Golden Age of Postcards, not only were they sent in their millions but they were also avidly collected too.

A postcard collecting craze developed, encouraged by the early commercial photographers who recognised the business opportunities.

Winster had its own visiting photographers too but also had its own resident Edwardian photographer, Albert Marshall whose postcard work fills many of the book’s pages.

A chapter of the book is dedicated to Mr Marshall who had a business as printer and stationer in the village.

Another chapter looks at the author’s family and details the life of Josiah Greatorex and his family.

The book also details Ernest Heathcote – who was born in to a prominent Winster family and was the publisher of Edwardian Winster postcards as well as sections about the work of some Edwardian photographers who visited the village.

The images are supported with notes about the Winster residents who either sent or received or are pictured or mentioned in the cards.

n The Mercury has team up with publishers, Country Books, to give away a copy of Winster People and Places in Postcards to one lucky reader.

To be in with a chance of winning the book send your name, address and telephone number on a postcard to Winster book competition, Matlock Mercury, 4 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE45 3AS.