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Rockside in Matlock Training College Brochure 1946-47

Summer School 1952

Staff & Students 1955

Studying at Rockside, 1954-6

Commemoration Weekends, 1955 & 1956

Staff & Students 1958

This group of six worked in the kitchens at Rockside just after the end of the First World War. The young man on the right in the back row is Harry Percy Salt, the son of Joseph and Evelyn Christiania, who was 18 in July 1920. The others in the photograph are not known. By 1925 Harry had left Rockside and gone to work at Smedley's Hydro.


The second photo is a "Daily Mirror" publication and on the back, in addition to the newspaper's stamp, are the words "Early '20's" and "Eva" handwritten in pencil. Ethel Smith, later Ethel Hursthouse, is first from the left on the front row. She worked at Rockside at around this time, which is why it is believed the group of ten young women and one man were amongst the hydro's staff, although searches to date have not been wholly successful in proving who they were. The photo seems to have been taken in the hydro's kitchen.

Please email if you recognise any of the other people in either of the pictures (contact link is in the footer).

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1. Image of kitchen staff and information supplied by and © Harry Salt.
Image scanned by Ann Andrews.
2. Daily Mirror photo of the waitresses and information © Maureen Smith collection.
Information researched, written by and © Ann Andrews.
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