Images Index> Matlock, 20th and 21stC Images> This page
Matlock: Oldham House Hydro
Matlock : Twentieth Century Photographs, Postcards, Engravings & Etchings
 
Oldham House Hydro
20th & 21st C Images
Next Image
Previous Image
More Matlock Pictures
18th & 19thC
"Just" Images
Matlock
General Info
About Matlock
Water Cures
Find a Name


Oldham House Hydro & Woodlands School



Oldham House and Prospect Place Hydro, 1903 Advertisement



Oldham House Hydro, Wellington Street, 1924



Oldham House Dining Room



Oldham House Hydro, Tennis Court & Bowling Green



Vernon Lamb Archive



Although postal dates for several versions of this card are in the 1920s, the original photograph was taken before the First World War. Unusually, it shows a large number of people outside the premises. Were they celebrating a Coronation, a Jubilee, mourning someone or just having their picture taken? It may be fanciful, but it is possible the female seated on the bench on the left was Rachel Wildgoose, surrounded by some of her staff and family. The woman on the steps, leaning against the wall, could have been a bathwoman or a cook. The people on the terrace on the right and on the first floor roof are probably guests.

Mrs. Wildgoose regularly advertised her first establishment, Oldham House on Wellington Street, in the Sheffield papers:

OLDHAM HOUSE.-Mr and Mrs Wildgoose (daughter of the late Thos. Davis) Hydropathic Establishment, next door to Prospect place, Matlock Bank. N.B. An experienced Bathman in attendance[1].

She was to buy Prospect Place in 1899 for about £2,500[2] and the two businesses became one. This image shows the combined properties.


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


"Matlock, Oldham House Hydro", Photochrom, no. B.5936.
Postcard in the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Written, researched by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only
References:

[1] "The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent", Monday, May 15, 1893.
[2] "Derbyshire Times", 27 May 1899. The purchase was made after an auction. It is quite possible that the Davis family were selling it following the death of Mrs. Davis, the mother of Mrs. Wildgoose.