|By Geoffrey Saunders, writing under
the pseudonym of Geoffrey Demdike
The Coventry Umbrella was an arts club that was initiated by a number
of Actors of the Midland Rep along with young architects responsible
for the redevelopment of the city of Coventry, which had been devastated
by the bombing raids of the Second World War. One of the founder
members of the Coventry Umbrella Club magazine was Geoffrey Saunders,
a resident of Coventry. The article below, "Smedley's Hydro",
was written by Geoffrey Saunders under the pseudonym of Geoffrey
Demdike, and was published in the very first issue of their
magazine. The illustrations he used, apart from the last one, were
from John Smedley's "Practical Hydropathy", 14th
edition on which the article is based. The cover of the first issue
(above) was designed by Saunders. Another very early member was
Jim Runnalls, who has very generously provided the article below.
*"Smedley's Hydro" was published in Vol. 1 No. 1 of "Umbrella",
Umbrella Club, Coventry (Oct, 1959).
It is reproduced here with the very kind permission of Jim Runnalls.
Intended for personal use only.
You may like to view:
report of 1872, about a Smedley employee
for Smedley's Hydro, 1869
Hydro, Matlock, 1906-7
- Great Britain's Greatest Hydro, 1950. An advertisement published
in "The Derbyshire Countryside"
census - Mr. & Mrs. Smedley living at Riber Castle
Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment Enumeration Book in the 1891
in the 1901 census (transcript)
There may be further information on the following pages
Umbrella Club Blogspot (an external link so will open in a new window or tab)