"Covered verandahs and open balconies on the sunny side of the
building enable invalids to promenade or recline, and enjoy air and
sunshine in well-sheltered conditions. Below them, some eight acres
of park-like grounds extend down the hillside, their gravelled walkways
and terraces liberally bestrewn with picturesque bowers and alcoves.
Here, provision is made for the sports lover in the form of excellent
courts (three hard and three grass) for lawn tennis, as well
as a bowling green and croquet lawn ; whilst for the golfer there
is an excellent 18-hole golf course - laid out by Tom Williamson,
the Notts professional - within twenty minutes' walk. During August,
bowls, tennis, croquet, and golf tournaments are arranged by the
management, and handsome prizes are provided.
Mention must also be
made of the Smedley farm of over 300 acres, from which the establishment
derives a constant supply of pure fresh milk, new laid eggs, poultry,
and the best quality beef, mutton and pork. This, developed like
the hydro itself from humble beginnings, has now grown into a
farm of considerable dimensions, of which the management is justly
proud, and visitors who are interested are warmly invited to make
a tour of inspection".
William Knowles, who was both a Gardener and a Musical Instrument
Dealer with premises on Smedley Street, looked after Smedley's
gardens for a record 51 years. He was a specialist in calceolarias,
which apparently made quite a stir in the gardening world. He died
on 5 Jan 1914, aged 77.
His son William worked as his under gardener. The younger William
passed away on 22 March 1929.