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Saltburn Convalescent Home

Saltburn House as it is now known was opened in 1872 at a cost of £12,000 by Messrs Pease as a Convalescent Home for their workers. The home became a temporary base for Silcoates School in Wakefield after it burnt down in 1904. The rebuilt school, still open at the time of writing, offers assisted aid to pupils with what is known as the ’Saltburn Bursary’ in memory of the link with the town. The house was later sold to the Working Men’s Club and Institute Union (”the CIU”), which converted it into a convalescent home for club members, one of several around the country. Its ”residents” usually came, from all the major working-class areas of the UK, for subsidised two-week breaks. They were easy to recognise from the yellow button badges they were issued by the ”Superintendent” on arrival. Subsequently bought by Hayes Working Men’s Club it has since been renamed ”Saltburn House” in 2014.
Image courtesy of a supporter of the Archive (from a postcard view).

6 comments to Saltburn Convalescent Home

  • I have a copy of a photo of a group of older men(arranged in rows) in front of a conservatory style building, with the Photographers name(hard to read) and the address, Milton Street, Saltburn. My G.G Grandfather( died 1922), is one of the men in the photo. Could it have been taken at Saltburn House?

    • Callum Duff

      The Photographer might be Pitchforth. He had a studio on Milton Street and many of his photographs still appear for sale on eBay today.

  • Martin Grundy

    According to http://ppparchive.durham.gov.uk/photos/picviewer.asp?next=2117 a photo similar to that described by Joanne Moylan was taken in 1937.

    However, the gentleman standing seventh from the left in the back row looks very much like my GreatGreatGrandfather, John Grundy, who died in 1932. Joanne’s GGGrandfather died in 1922, which further brings into question the date of the photo.

  • Terry Kenny

    I have a photograph [it is the picture side of a postcard] of 4 rows of men and one woman with a sign at the front saying ‘Club Union Convalescent Home Saltburn by the Sea’. It looks as though it has been taken in a conservatory judging by the plants. There is no date but my grandfather is seated far right at the end of the 2nd row up. The woman’s dress looks pre-twenties. I wondered if my grandfather might have gone to convalesce there after the 1st W.W. On the reverse of the postcard is the information ‘Published by W. Payne, The Bazaar, Saltburn by the Sea.The noted shop for Tobacco, Cigars & Fancy Goods. Dealer in Talking Machines and Records. Can anyone enlighten me?

  • Callum Duff

    All – I run a Facebook page called ‘Saltburn OneFifty Plus’ which has an album of of photographs showing Saltburn Convalescent Home in different stages of its life. As for Terry’s postcard, the conservatory-type building shown was the Convalescent home’s ‘Winter Garden’ which is sadly no longer part of the current structure. As for the location of ‘The Bazaar’, this was a populist phrase used the early C20th for shops selling a variety of items where the customer could browse rather than shops selling one thing and being served directly. A Trade Directory of 1910 lists a Walter Payne, Fancy Repository, 7 Dundas Street. This current address is a small terraced house built in the last 25 years so depending on the date of your card, we can determine the original location of the shop.

  • Terry Kenny

    Thanks for that information. Unfortunately the card is not dated. I assumed that it was post W.W.1 [he served in the war when he was 38/39 and was gassed, I thought it might he might have been there convalescing for that reason] but it could be pre-war as the lady’s dress is definitely Edwardian/early Georgian [V]. As a mill worker would it have been used for people in his position if they needed convalescent?

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