John Smedley (1803-1874)
John Smedley first worked as an apprentice at Lea Mills, going on to take over the running of the business and to marry Caroline Harward, daughter of the Vicar of Wirksworth.
As well as his mill business interests, John Smedley also had a creative mind – he built Riber Castle on a hilltop overlooking Matlock. This is now one of Derbyshire's most famous landmarks.
Here at All Saints’ Church of England Juniors, we celebrate John Smedley for his drive to help others and widen the Cultural Experience for many through his development of the Hydro Spa, making our local area popular with visitors from around Britain and the world.