The lounge at Rockside
Hydro, showing the Art Nouveau ingle nook fireplace. There was a
large copper hood above the large fire basket, the fire surround
was of glazed fluted tiles and there were wooden settles at the
sides. On the wall above the fireplace recess is what looks like
a seascape mural. To the right of the ingle is a wooden staircase.
A visitor who had spent an enjoyable Christmas at Rockside wrote
afterwards that "a special feature of the establishment
is the lounge, which comprises the whole of the ground floor
of the new wing. It is certainly by far the prettiest and most
comfortable room I ever used. It contains an ingle, with an antique
fireplace, comfortably upholstered seats, many cosy and draught
defying corners, and cushioned bays, from the windows of which
some of the most charming views are to be obtained".
It is difficult to date this image, although the furniture might
be from before the First War. In the 1950s and 60s the fires
in the ingle were enjoyed by the Students at the Training College.
There is more about Rockside
Letterheads of Local Businesses, 1900-1949 (4), N - R