Treasure 13: Dyche family photograph album

Our thirteenth treasure is a photograph album belonging to the Dyche family of Borrowash (D2395/1), chosen by Ellie, a student from a local school who was part of our focus group during the extension and refurbishment project.

John and Elizabeth Dyche settled in Borrowash in 1792.  They had four children, one of whom, John, was the father of Jabez Dyche (1829-1888). Jabez was a tenant farmer in Borrowash and Methodist Sunday School Superintendent who after 1869 became a warder at Derby County Gaol. Jabez’s son, William (1863-1945) wrote detailed memoirs of their family life in Borrowash and Derby towards the end of his life.

This photograph album shows members of the Dyche family on holiday, in England and abroad, mainly during the 1930s.

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Ellie writes: “I love the subdued colour and the vintage-like quality of the photographs. My favourite photograph is one of a group of friends stood together having their photo taken on a cruise ship as they look very carefree in their summer outfits”.

Rain Stops Play?

Grounds of Smedley's Hydro, Matlock, c.1930 (D2618 Z/Z 1/3)

Grounds of Smedley’s Hydro, Matlock, c.1930 (D2618 Z/Z 1/3)

Now that Wimbledon is well under way, here’s a sprinkling of Derbyshire tennis-themed items from our collections for those hoping the covers keep off the courts of SW19.

Smedley's Hydro tennis courts, c.1930 (D2618 Z/Z 1/4)

Smedley’s Hydro tennis courts, c.1930 (D2618 Z/Z 1/4)

Hayfield Church Sunday School Tennis Club membership cards, 1930s (D2426 A/PI 35/3/2)

Hayfield Church Sunday School Tennis Club membership cards, 1930s (D2426 A/PI 35/3/2)

Wirksworth Grammar School girls' tennis team, 1926 (D271/10/6/10)

Wirksworth Grammar School girls’ tennis team, 1926 (D271/10/6/10)

(D5679/1)

(D5679/1)

Detail from Buxton tennis tournament supplement titled 'Ease + Elegance' (D5679/1)

Detail from Buxton tennis tournament supplement titled ‘Ease + Elegance’ (D5679/1)

Amongst many other tennis images on Picture the Past, I spotted this photo of the Goodall family of Ockbrook c.1896 (ref: DCER 001172).

The chap at top left is giving a classic (and early?) demonstration of the tennis racquet-as-guitar!