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The verdict of the unnamed author of Heywood's Guide, where this advertisement was published, was that all the hydros in Matlock were good. "There is in Matlock no lack of choice, and if there is any difficulty it is that of selection. It is hard to choose between so many places and such various attractions"[1]. Oldham House & Prospect Place on Wellington Street was run by Rachel Wildgoose, the daughter of Thomas Davis, at the time.

Although the hydro's position isn't mentioned, the neighbouring Rockside Hydro claimed to be almost 800 feet sea level and both Oldham House & Prospect Place and Rockside were close to the tram terminus at the top of Rutland Street.

As far as I can tell, this is the first time Oldham House and Poplar Cottage were linked together in an advertisement; prior to then Prospect Place and Poplar Cottage (later Jeff's Poplar Hydro and Chatsworth) were part of the estate of Thos Davis and Sons[2].


See samples of their notepaper on Matlock: Letterheads of Local Businesses, 1900-1949 (4), N - R
The Vernon Lamb Archive, Hydros and Convalescing, Index has 15 photos of the hydro's staff and guests.


Advertisement for the Oldham House & Prospect Place from "Abel Heywood's Guide Books, With Cycling, Walking and Driving Routes. Matlock Illustrated." (1903) Abel Heywood & Son, Manchester & London. Advertisement in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only

References (coloured hyperlinks are to transcripts elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Heywood's Guide
[2] Kelly's Directories of 1895 and 1899 list Oldham House as one establishment and the combined Prospect Place & Poplar Cottage under Thos Davis and Sons. Mr Davis had died in 1891 and his daughter did not buy Prospect Place until 1899.