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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): ACC/3527-22
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1906-1975
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.5 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Craiglands Hotel Ltd | hydropathic health establishment


Administrative/Biographical history:

'The Craiglands', Cowpasture Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire was built in 1859 as one of the largest purpose-built hydropathic health establishments in the country. Hydropathy concerns the immersing of the body in cold water or applying wet compresses to affected parts of the body to drive out 'morbid matters'. The first proprietors were the Dobson Brothers, one of the brothers being Dr Henry Dobson, physician, who supervised all the treatments offered to patients. Grounds were laid out to the requirements of invalids together with a large recreational hall for indoor sports, public concerts and theatrical performances. The company was known from at least before 1906 as Craigland's Hydro Limited, and later became Craiglands Hotel Limited. Later acquired by J Lyons and Company Limited. As of 2011 The Craiglands Hotel continued to offer six acres of grounds, 'breathtaking views', accommodation and food.

Main source of information: accessed 15 August 2011.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of Craiglands Hotel Limited, part of J Lyons and Company Limited, comprising register of members and share ledger and debenture ledger register only.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

Records in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection is held by the City of London.

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Archival Information

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Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Archive in 1995, with additions to 2010.

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Date(s) of descriptions:
August 2011.

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