Lilybank Hydro, 1930s
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John Sidney Kay, also known as John Sidney Thelwis Kay, became the
Manager of Lilybank Hydro after World War One.
He had previously worked at Chesterfield House as a bathman and
had arrived in Matlock some time before 1901.
He married Elizabeth Connor, a co-worker at Chesterfield House,
at St. Giles' church on 29 Sep 1902.
They were living at Chesterfield Lodge in 1911, both still working
at the hydro.
Ivy Harvey had been the Manageress before the Kays took Lilybank
over. She was fined 10s. at Matlock's Brewster Sessions in 1916,
one of several to be charged under the Lighting Restriction Order.
In 1925 John Kay was instrumental in persuading Matlock Golf Club
to open their course on Sundays.
He argued that visitors were kept away as a result of the course
being closed on the Sabbath.
At the beginning of the Second World War Mr. Kay, by then managing
director of Lilybank Hydro, was fined £2 for
showing lights during the black-out, along with
Frederick Turner the manager of Chatsworth Hydro.
History was repeating itself. Mr. Kay was still a director of the
hydro post war, and the couple remained at Lilybank after Stanley
Joseph John Connor became the assistant manager in 1949. Elizabeth
died on 15 May 1954, aged 83. John outlived his wife by only
a few months, dying at Bournmouth on 23rd October, aged 74; Mr.
Connor was one of his executors.
1930s advertisement, which refers to Mr. Kay as Sidney.
There is more about Dalefield / Lilybank / The Gables
1. Postcard "A Corner of Lilybank Hydro", G. J. Shearman.
Exclusive Celesque Series, Photochrom Co Ltd, London and Tunbridge
Wells. All British Production. Posted 19 Aug 1931 at Matlock. Message
2. Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and
South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and
3. Advertisement from "The Matlocks, Derbyshire. Official
Guide". Issued by the Come to Derbyshire Association, published
Postcard and advertisements in the collection of and provided by
and © Ann
Researched, written by and © Ann
Andrews. Intended for personal use only.
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 "Yorkshire Post and Leeds
Intelligencer", 15 September 1919. Avertisement for
the "beautifully furnished" 50
room hydro show J. Harvey running Lilybank. The terms were 9s.
 See the
1901 census entry for John
Kay | Elizabeth Conner [sic] in the
 Parish Register.
 The 1911 census is available on FindMyPast.
 "Derby Daily Telegraph", Thursday 14
 "Derby Daily Telegraph",
23 November 1925. Matlock and Sunday Golf. Report Matlock Golf
Club's AGM. It was also said that of the 13 courses in the county,
Matlock was the only one not to open on Sundays.
 "Derby Daily
Telegraph", 17 October 1940. Matlock Light Offences.
the couple's MI, with thanks to Deirdre Connor. Their dates
of death have been extracted from Wills, probate and inheritance