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Summer School 1952

Staff & Students 1955

Studying at Rockside, 1954-6

Commemoration Weekends, 1955 & 1956

A Hydro for young and old alike!

This attractive card dates from shortly after the building was extended by the architects Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin between 1903 and 1906; the towers were built at that time. This view of the hydro is from what was the croquet lawn. "The grounds were originally laid out in the great tradition of the Victorian landscaped gardens and much of its arboreal splendour survived until the 1980s[1]". The croquet lawn was laid about 1880, when William Atkins and his sister took over the lease[2].
There is another picture of this lawn, with people playing croquet in the Just Images/Images Only section.

The Goodwin family had been running Rockside since 1894. Their establishment was advertised as a high class pleasure resort for summer and winter, with resident Lady and Visiting Physicians. The Lady Physician was Dr. Marie Orme (née Goodwin)[3]. It would be nice to think that the boy in the photograph was Christopher Orme, who was born in 1903, but it is unlikely as he would not have been old enough.

Advertisement for Rockside, 1911-12.
The "Pure Mountain Air" was said to be dry, bracing and health-giving.
Dr. Albert L'Estrange Orme, the Visiting Physician, had died in 1909.

Stairway, April 2005   Another stairway, April 2005
Some of the Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts features of Rockside, incorporated into the Parker and Unwin design,
can be seen in the building's interior today.
Rockside, the Former Matlock Hydro has more photographs of the twenty first century restoration.

There is more about Rockside




Tennis 1920s




Kitchen Staff 1920-5

Staff Ball

Ups & Downs

Claremont & Mr Rowland

See Matlock: Letterheads of Local Businesses, 1900-1949 (4), N - R.
The earliest of these dates from 1912, when both Miss Goodwin and Mr. John J. Goodwin were the Managers of Rockside Ltd.

The Goodwins advertised in the following on-site trade directories:
Kelly's Directory, 1895 | Kelly's Directory, 1899 | Kelly's Directory, 1908 | Kelly's Directory, 1912 (under Goodwin) | Kelly's Directory, 1912 (under Rockside) | Kelly's Directory, 1916 (under Goodwin) | Kelly's Directory, 1916 (under Rockside)

Postcard of "Rockside Hydro, Matlock, Derbyshire". No 1804. Posted Ipswich Dec 25 1908 and sent to Highbury, London. Message not relevant to card.
Advertisement from Ward Lock & Co's "Matlock, Dovedale, Bakewell and South Derbyshire", Illustrated Guide Books of England and Wales (1911-12).
In the collection of, provided by and © Ann Andrews.
Photographs of the restored building donated to and © for the sole use of this website.
Researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.


[1] "A Matlock Bank Miscellany, Essays by Members of the All Saints' Local History Group" (2002). Essay on Rockside by Joan Hatch and June Carnell.
[2] "Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald", 6 November 1880. "The famous Hydropathic and Boarding Establishment, Rock Side, Matlock Bank, has come under new management".
[3] The Ormes, who were newly married, were living on Dale Road in the 1901 census.