The Church in its Setting
Matlock was originally a series of small, detached settlements, which only gradually became linked together as a unified community. Even today, areas like Matlock Bath and Matlock Bank retain their individual identities and Starkholmes still insists on its separate village status.
Matlock Town, the historic centre around the parish church, is no longer central in modern Matlock. Further, the demolition (in 1967) of the headmaster’s house attached to the former Town School and the widening of the road here has destroyed the feel of an enclosed village green above the church.