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Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment Matlock, Brochure, about 1925
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Starting out



Mr. Smedley's Baths, Boxes & Douches


The Inter-War Years



Harry Douglas, the hotel's Manager, gave many Organ Recitals


Matlock Bath: Royal Hotel Brochure, about 1908



Smedley's Hydro brochure, "Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment Matlock. Established 1853", was designed for the hydro's many visitors in the inter war period. The thirty two pages of images and text provided information on the tariffs, baths and treatments at Matlock's premier hydro, together with the leisure activities available both at the hotel and in the surrounding area and possible excursions the visitors could undertake during their stay. The establishment of the interwar era was very different from the hydro founded by John Smedley. Whilst it is believed this publication was first produced about 1925, if anyone can provide a more accurate date the web mistress would be extremely grateful (see footer to contact).

Unfortunately the "Foreword" (page 3, below) is not wholly accurate as John Smedley did not found hydropathy in the United Kingdom; his total acceptance of and enthusiasm for the idea of hydropathy and the treatments, plus his selfless devotion to helping others, stemmed from his own successful cure at the Wharfdale Hydropathic Establishment and Ben Rhydding Hotel at Ilkley, Yorkshire in the late 1840s[1]. Nor was Smedley the first practitioner in Matlock or the surrounding district[2]. He was, though, perhaps the most successful of all of them.

 
Front cover
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p.1 : Title page (shown above)


p.2 : View of Hydro and Grounds

View of Hydro and Grounds


p.3 : Foreword

Foreword


p.4 : Dining Room

Dining Room


p.5 : Tariff

Tariff


p.6 : Empire Room

Empire Room


p.7 : Table d'Hôte Meals and other services

Table d'Hote Meals and other services

p.8 : Drawing Room

Drawing Room


p.9 : History of Establishment with Image of Bowling Green and Lower Walk

History of Establishment with Image of Bowling Green and Lower Walk


p.10 : Lounge Corridor

Lounge Corridor


p.11 : History of Establishment Continued, plus Image of Putting "Bemroses' Guide"[3].

History of Establishment Continued, plus Image of Putting Green


p.12 : Winter Gardens

Winter Gardens


p.13 : Amusements

Amusements


p.14 : Amusements Continued - Tennis Courts and Bowling Green

Amusements Continued - Tennis Courts and Bowling Green


p.15 : Amusements Continued - Billiard Room and Bowling Green

Amusements Continued - Billiard Room and Bowling Green


pp.16-17 [double page] : View of the Private Grounds, Terraces and South Front

View of the Private Grounds, Terraces and South Front

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p.18 : Smedley's as a Health Resort by the late W. B. Hunter, M.D. with photo of Corner of the Smoke Room

Smedley's as a Health Resort,  with photo of Corner of the Smoke Room


p.19 : Smedley's as a Health Resort, Continued, showing Reading Room and Drawing Room

medley's as a Health Resort Continued showing Reading Room and Drawing Room


p.20 : Smedley's as a Health Resort, Continued, Images of Hard Tennis Court plus View on Farm

Smedley's as a Health Resort Continued Images of Hard Tennis Court plus View on Farm


p.21 : Medical Department - Physicians : G.C.R. Harbinson M.D. B.Ch. B.A.O. (RUI) and R. MacLelland M.D. C.M. (Edin), Resident.
Shows the Vichy Douche

Medical Department. The Vichy Douche


p.22 : Ladies' and Gentlemen's Turkish Baths

Ladies' and Gentlemen's Turkish Baths


p.23 : Bath Arrangements

Bath Arrangements


p.24 : Bath Arrangements, continued - Images

Bath Arrangements continued - Images


p.25 : Bath Arrangements, continued

Bath Arrangements continued


p.26 : The Baths &c

The Baths


p.27 : The Baths &c., continued. Shows Interior of Plombières Bath

Interior of Plombieres Bath


p.28 : Images of Radio Heat Bath and Diathermy and High Power Parabolic Reflector

Images of Radio Heat Bath and Diathermy and High Power Parabolic Reflector


p.29 : The Baths &c. Continued

The Baths, Continued


p.30 : Ultra Violet Ray and High Frequency Treatments

Ultra Violet Ray and High Frequency Treatments


p.31 : Sale Room and The Neighbourhood

Sale Room and The Neighbourhood


p.32 : Matlock and District Map

Matlock and District Map


"Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment Matlock. Established 1853." was Smedley's Hydro in-house brochure, publication dated about 1925. Prospective visitors could write to the Manager and request a copy .(PC)
This booklet has been available on this web site since November 2002, but has moved from its original location on a page of Scanned Books


References (coloured links lead to more on site information):

[1] Ben Rhydding opened on 29th May 1844 (from various contemporary reports in "The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent" and "The Bradford Observer; and Halifax, Huddersfield, and Keighley Reporter"). Hall's "Days in Derbyshire", 1863, Chapter 5 mentions Smedley's stay at Ben Rhydding
[2] See Water Cures
[3] "Bemroses' Guide" is on this site. The quotation on page 11 of the brochure can be found under Hydropathy, page 42.