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