View, from Matlock Bank, of Matlock Village, High Tor, Masson, and
the Middle Peak Hills in the Distance
Engraving by H. Dudley, used as the frontispiece in "Practical
Bemrose's Guide, p.42
In his preface to the 15th edition of "Practical
Hydropathy" William B. Hunter describes the hydro:
"SMEDLEY'S INSTITUTION, as situated in Matlock, is
in the centre of England, in the midst of a district renowned
for its varied and beautiful scenery, and stands on the south-western
slope of a range of sandstone hills, at an altitude which
secures a pure, dry, and bracing atmosphere. It is remote
from the great centres of population, with their contaminations,
yet is easy of access, and is surrounded by numerous objects
of interest, alike from the natural, artistic, and antiquarian
point of view".
"Practical Hydropathy", which John Smedley
produced in several editions, describes the treatments the
hydro offered and includes several engravings of the local
scenery. These are randomly scattered throughout the book
and the page they are on tells us nothing about the images
other than their title. This image shows High Tor and Masson,
the railway bridge over the river near the Boat House Hotel
and the church with Knowleston Place below it. There were
settlements in Matlock Town and Matlock Green, but both the
Bank and Matlock Bridge were hardly developed at this time.
From the same book:
The above mid 19th century engraving has been taken from:
Smedley, John "Smedley's Practical Hydropathy, 15th ed.",
James Blackwood & Co., Paternoster Row, London. By the time this
edition was published Mr. Smedley had died and the business had been
taken over by Smedley's Hydropathic Company (Limited)
Image scan and information researched by © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.