Field Barn’s conversion was completed in 2014. There are field barns are all over Derbyshire. They were originally built to provide temporary shelter for sheep and cattle on exposed moors. The lofts kept spare hay for bad weather and the roofs helped collect drinkable rainwater for the animals.
Until the 1850s the area around Field Barn was sparsely populated. Thermal springs were discovered in Matlock at the end of the 1600s but the railways helped the Victorians develop Matlock into a booming Spa Town. Hydrotherapy was given at many locations, but Smedley’s Hydro was the largest in what is now the County Hall on Smedley Street. Until just after World War 2, as many as 400 residents a day came to “take the waters”.