of the drawing room at Smedley's was taken for the hydro. The room
had been altered and refurbished since the earlier engraving was
published in "Practical Hydropathy",
although the secluded curtained alcoves with upholstered settles
around the edges remained. They are a striking feature of the room
and must have been very cosy to sit in. Another photograph
of this room, but without the curtains in the alcoves, was published
in the hydro's booklet dating from around 1925, "Smedley's
Hydropathic Establishment Matlock. Established 1853".
Two very large portraits of the hydro's founder, John Smedley,
and his wife Caroline were hung on the end wall and dominated the
room; these were later reduced in size and are now at Lea Mills.
Considering the hydro was usually very busy, it is a little surprising
to see an Edwardian drawing room with nobody in it!
The "auntie" who wrote the card's message to her niece
clearly enjoyed her stay at Smedley's: "I
wish you could have been with me as we had a very nice entertainment.
A few good songs well sung to begin with and some of the best tableaus
I have seen. The dresses and scenery were lovely". A satisfied
Below is a second photograph, showing the other end of the drawing
room. It was probably taken slightly earlier, after the rebuilding
and refurbishment of 1894. At the far end of the room is a stage.
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