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Vernon Lamb Archive,
Oldham House

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Oldham House was just one of a number of Matlock's hydropathic establishments[1] to be featured on a multi-view card. This is a Jackson and Sons postcard dating from early twentieth century. All the company's multi-view postcards had a distinctive, relatively thick, border around the images, making them more attractive.

The five views of Oldham House Hydro shown here are:
Recreation Room | Billiard Room
Oldham House
Drawing Room (a later view) | Dining Room (a similar view)

This postcard was bought by a young woman who could have been staying at Oldham House, although not necessarily so. She had almost certainly visited Matlock before and sent the card to her mother, somewhat surprisingly observing in her message that there were "Plenty of fat old ladies and tricky old gents here don't think we shall get off this season My dark young man I have not come across yet. We were packed like sardines coming down". If she was staying at Oldham House it was not exactly flattering to the hydro's clientele.

1911-12 advertisement for Oldham House, showing what guests could enjoy at the hydro or nearby.

See samples of the hydro's 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 enjoying themselves. The interior of the conservatory features in several of these pre WW1 photos.

1. "Oldham House, Matlock "(coloured multiview,5 images). Published by Jackson & Son, Publishers, Grimsby. "Jay Em Jay Series", No. 76392. Posted at Matlock on 16 Apr 1911. Postcard in the collection, provided by and © Maureen Smith collection.
2. Advertisement from Ward Lock & Co's Guide "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1911-12) from © Ann Andrews collection.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

References (coloured links are to more information elsewhere on this web site):

[1] Other hydros known to feature on multi-view cards are Lilybank, Matlock House and Smedley's.