Hydro in all former glory

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This is the palatial scene that used to await visitors as they made it to the top of Bank Road, in Matlock.

Smedley’s Hydro used to sit atop the hill, looking out over the spa town.

These images were taken from a postcard of the attraction nearly a century ago.

They show the extensive grounds which used to surround the hydro, which featured tennis courts, landscaped gardens and bowls lawn.

Judging by the clothes being worn by people in the pictures, they were taken in the 1920s or 30s.

The magnificant Victorian building is now used as the headquarters for Derbyshire County Council – its grounds now being a car park.