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Rev. John George Derrick

01 Nov 2012 Article No: 49

Rev. John George Derrick

Although never actually a vicar of Brent, around the turn of the 18-1900's, the Rev John George Derrick had a holiday home believed to be on or near the site of 'Chestnut Farm'.

Which, on an OS map of 1890s, appears almost opposite the original East Brent Post Office along Burton Row. His family residence was in Cheltenham.

He loved the area and he and his family spent much of their time in East Brent.  His son Capt. John Leslie Derrick was killed in action in 1918 and is commemorated on the East Brent war memorial.

A keen photographer, he took many photographs of places in East Brent and the surrounding villages.  A collection of over 350 glass negative plates taken by the Rev. Derrick were recently discovered and were researched at the Somerset Rural Life Museum at Glastonbury and were the subject of an exhibition - See note below -

“I hope some of your readers were able to get to the exhibition of the Rev.John Derrick photographs, IN A GOOD LIGHT, which has now moved form Glastonbury to the County Museum at Taunton Castle.  Some of the 50 Photographs on display will be familiar to those living in your area, and even more in the accompanying book, which contains over 90 photographs.  As he had a house in East Brent, and also stayed in Lympsham, they will also find part of the text interesting as it frequently mentions that area. “

Louise Clapp of the Research Team, Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury.

  Please see Gallery for a larger view of this image.

Among the many photographs was this one taken at Kilve and believed to be of his family and friends.

This content was provided by John Rigarlsford 18 Jan. 2013.

Reviewed 24 Jan. 2014

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