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Tax Farm, Two Dales
My parents and older sisters Margaret, Cynthia, Brenda and Christine lived at Tax Farm, Two Dales in the late 1930s - early 1940s - surname Taylor. They attended Darley Dale School and have very fond memories of being there.
Lived further down the road in the village, the semi-detached house on the left. The first was occupied by the Bowlers, newsagents, next door the Waterfall Bros. I helped at the farm to the right for a bit of pocket money. The farmer was Jim Topliss, his daughter, Jackie & husband Albert, son Mark. Many happy memories. The village is not the same now the farmyard is now houses, cars parked everywhere, we had the best I'm sure.
My grandfather, Walter Walker, used to own the Blacksmith Arms public house in Two Dales which has now been converted into cottages with houses built in what was the garden and orchard. My father was brought up in the pub and left the village when he married my mother, an evacuee from Croydon. As children, my brother and I returned to Two Dales every year for our summer holidays; I still have very fond memories of the village and the friends I made there. My wife and I and my children, when they younger, returned many times to Two Dales just to rekindle happy memories. Things have changed in the village since my childhood days, but on our returns I still manage to purchase some bread and teacakes from Hayes's bakery. It's still in the village after all these years having moved from their original premises to what was the Co-op warehouse.
MY GREAT GRANDAPRENTS
My Great Grandfather Geo. B. Barton established a hydrotherapy business in Matlock Bank in the late 1800s. I believe the first was Jackson House, then he built Dalefield House(later Lilybank) His daughter, my Grandmother, emigrated to New Zealand. I am interedsted in any photos of the above, information etc. I believe he is buried in a local cemetery. If anyone has any information please contact me at email@example.com Thank you
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