Monday, 2 November 2015

The Restorative Powers Of Water

Smedley's Hydro in Matlock Bath Derbyshire was one of the finest monuments to the passion in the nineteenth and early twentieth century for water cures of one kind or another. Built in 1853 by John Smedley, a man who combined a belief in the restorative powers of natural spring water with a fierce entrepreneurial spirit, it was the largest hydro in the town and in the twentieth century it had become world famous. Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Thomas Beecham and Ivor Novello are amongst the rich and famous who flocked there. By the 1950s custom had drained away and the building was bought by Derbyshire County Council as part of their County Hall complex.  (Scan of a 1930s Postcard - AB Collection)

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