Taking the Waters: the history of spas & hydros – Derbyshire tour handbook


Assembly Room, former Great Hotel, The Crescent, Buxton, Derbyshire

Left:  Spa House, Quarndon, Derbyshire

Detailed, illustrated, 72-page handbook of the 2009 ‘Taking the Waters’ tour, giving background information about locations included in the itinerary for individual exploration and further reading.

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County Hall (formerly Smedley’s Hydro), Matlock, Derbyshire

Natural spring water has been big business – in one sense or another – since Roman times.  This October 2009 tour illustrated the ways water therapies have brought prosperity and fine architecture to Buxton, Matlock and Matlock Bath, and left an imprint on much less well-known locations in and around Derbyshire.

The itinerary included a selection of the smaller resorts in Derbyshire where people took the waters – Birley Spa, now within the city of Sheffield, Stoney Middleton Bath Houses, Bakewell Bath House and Quarndon Spa.

The 72-page illustrated handbook provides detailed notes of the history and architecture of each of the above sites, and also an account of the long-vanished Matlock Steep Gradient Tramway and a short bibliography.  There are extensive appendices of advertisements and illustrations from early-twentieth-century brochures for Matlock Bath spas and hydros, with a selection of contemporary maps of Buxton, Matlock and Matlock Bath.

For further information about some of the sites mentioned in the handbook, please click here.

If you prefer not to use the PayPal button above, please send a cheque for £7.50 per copy payable to Mike Higginbottom at 63 Vivian Road, Sheffield, S5 6WJ.

Contact:  0114-242-0951 or 07946-650672 or mike@mikehigginbottominterestingtimes.co.uk


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