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Mrs. Smedley's Ladies Manual


Caroline Smedley



Matlock Bath from Cat Tor



Woodland House



This is another of C. Bailey's engravings that is published in books written by the Smedleys. It shows, bottom left, some of the houses on Bath Terrace close to the bottom of the Wapping and Woodland House. The New Bath Hotel, Richard Walker's Bath Terrace Hotel and Holy Trinity Church are also in the foreground. There are a clutch of houses on the lower slopes of the Heights of Abraham, but it is hard to know which properties the small rectangular boxes are supposed to be.


The above 19th century engraving has been taken from:
Smedley, Mrs. (1878/9) "Ladies' Manual of Practical Hydropathy (Not the Cold Water System), 16th ed.", James Blackwood & Co., Lovell's Court, Paternoster Row, London, p.159
By the time this edition was published Mr. John Smedley, Mrs. Smedley's husband, had been dead for some years and the business had been taken over by Smedley's Hydropathic Company (Limited)
Caroline Anne Smedley wrote in her preface:
"After reading many works on hydropathy in conjunction with my husband, I consider that they are written too scientifically for Ladies who have not studied Medical and Anatomical Works, and who are therefore ignorant of the many terms made use of only in such works, and which are not at all necessary to be known by the generalities of our sex in the ordinary duties of life. This little Manual will therefore be entirely free from such terms ... "
This book is in the collection of, the information is provided by and images scanned by and © Ann Andrews. Intended for personal use only
The engraving was also published in Smedley's "Practical Hydropathy"