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Photographer in Winter Gardens, Smedley's Hydro, Smedley Street, Matlock, c 1900
Smedley's Hydropathic Establishment
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This is the photographer Alfred Seaman, with his camera for taking stereoscopic pictures. This is the reflection in a large mirror, showing the Fernery behind him.
The hydro was built in the mid 19th century by John Smedley, the heir to a hosiery business at Lea Mills. He founded the hydro after he was cured from Typhus Fever with a series of 'water treatments'. The hydro was extremely successful and was expanded in 1863 due to increasing demand.
The building now houses Derbyshire County Council Offices.