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Second enlargement of Institute.
Engraving by Bailey
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Smedley's Practical Hydropathy

John Smedley


Smedley's, early 1900s


The inter-war years

"For the first few years of our practice we averaged from two to three hundred patients per. annum, and these mostly at our free hospitals, Lea Mills. ... But for some years our want of bedrooms has kept the numbers about stationary. We have so repeatedly tried medical assistants and failed, that we were unwilling to increase our accommodation. The last year, 1867, however, we had to refuse so many that were hopeless of cure or relief by any other means, that we decided to build a new wing to our Establishment, and trust to Providence for help. Now, March, 1868, the building, 200 feet long, 50 feet wide, and four storeys high is being rapidly completed. Every appliance and convenience our long experience has taught us will be brought into operation".
John Smedley
Riber Castle, 2nd March, 1868.
From Preface from another edition (p.351-2).

Part of Ralph Davis's original hydro building, bought by John Smedley in 1853, can be seen on the right of the top image.

Enlarging the Hydro again
Our third enlargement of Institution.

From the same book:
View from Bank

Starting out

Drawing Room

Riber Hall

Matlock Bath

Heights of Abraham

High Tor


Riber Castle

The above mid 19th century engravings and quotations have been taken from:
Smedley, John "Smedley's Practical Hydropathy, 15th ed.", James Blackwood & Co., Paternoster Row, London. By the time this edition was published Mr. Smedley had died and the business had been taken over by Smedley's Hydropathic Company (Limited).
Image scan and information written, reserached by and © Ann Andrews.
Intended for personal use only.

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Advertisement in Hall's "Days in Derbyshire" (1863)
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See Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment Enumeration Book in the 1891 census
And in the 1901 census