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Brentford Occupations: Doctor

Gillian Clegg's 'Brentford Past' includes a chapter 'Paupers and Patients' which provides a wider history of medical treatment in Brentford.

Whilst looking at earlier censuses I came across references to the Dispensary in New Brentford, as far as I can make out it was at 176 High Street, and this fits with published descriptions of its location 'opposite St Lawrence's Church'.

'Surgeons' are recorded in trade directories and censuses: the census provides their home address, sometimes they had a surgery at a different address (this can be found in trade directories). 295 High Street was a surgery and / or doctor's residence for over 100 years and is remembered by a number of contributors. Other sources include wills and newspaper accounts. Trade direcories on this site include Wilkes' Universal of 1793, Wilkes' Universal of 1797, Holden's of 1811, Pigot's of 1826.

Sightings of surgeons up to 1940 period (grouped by address, when known, then date):

  • James Berthune 'of an ancient family of North Britain, practised Surgery for 50 years in this Town, and died Oct. 2, 1767, aged 74' (memorial in St Lawrence's church middle aisle recorded in Thomas Faulkner's History and Antiquities of Brentford, Ealing & Chiswick published 1845)
  • John Hammelberg, member of Society of Apothecaries, New Brentford (1811 trade directory)
  • William Ralfs, 1826 - 1851 (MRCS: Member Royal College of Surgeons, 1826 trade directory, 1851 census), 31 High Street
  • Samuel Ralfs, son of above, 1861 - 1878, 31 High Street
  • Henry Charles Ralfs, 1871 - 1874, 31 High Street
  • Francis Bonn(e)y, 1839 - 1841, 32 High Street
  • Richard Harris, 1881, 59 High Street
  • Athelstane Da Costa Stoute MD MRCP MRCS DOMS, 1940, 134 High Street
  • Cooper and Farrell, Dispensary, 1839, 176 High Street
  • John Farrel, surgeon, 1839 and 1841, 181 High Street
  • Richard Galvin, surgeon assistant, 1841, 181 High Street
  • William Carter, surgeon MRCS London Licentiate of Apothecaries Company London in general practice, 1851, 181 High Street
  • Joseph Williams, MRCS licentiate of Apothecary Society GP, 1861 - 1881, 181 High Street
  • Frederic Newton Williams MB, surgeon, medical officer & public vaccinator No 4 district Brentford & certifying factory surgeon, 1890 - 1920, 181 High Street
  • George Cooper, surgeon New Brentford (1823-4 and 1826 trade directory); also referred to in an 1829 inquest as a surgeon of Brentford, at 209 High Street in 1841 and 1851 censuses
  • Edward Septimus Earle, 1871 - 1881, 209 High Street
  • Henry B Brooks, surgeon and apothecary, 1851, 278 High Street
  • Henry Richards, general practitioner MRCS London, 1839 - 1851, 295 High Street
  • Edward Davis, Kings College London GP, 1861 - 1878, 295 High Street
  • Henry Bott, MRCS LRCP London, 1881 - 1913 (in 1913 he was 'medical officer to Brentford Urban District Council & hospital superintendant'), 295 High Street
  • Arthur M Bayne MB & CHB, physician surgeon, 1939, 295 High Street
  • Alan Dakers Gowans MB, CHB (Glasgow), 1928 - 1940, 295 High Street
  • Reginald Cavan Neil, 1928 - 1933, 295 High Street
  • Dr Moore, 1933 - 1940, 295 High Street
  • Richard Harris, surgeon MRCS Eng, acting as assistant, 1871, 301 High Street
  • Joseph S Gubbins, LRCP & S Edin., 1901, 26 Market Place; 1911 - 1924: 29 Ealing Road
  • William Henry Walter, MD Brux., MRCS Eng. LRCP Edin. LSA Physician and Surgeon 1896 - 1932: 17, Windmill Road
  • Nathaniel Stenson, surgeon & apothecary; member of Society of Apothecaries, New Brentford (1811 Holden directory)
  • Alexander Corson, surgeon, The Butts, Surgeon and Apothecary (Wilkes' Universal British Directory 1793, 1797), will 1804
  • William Cooke, surgeon, New Brentford (1811 Holden directory)
  • Joseph Pitt, surgeon, possibly the Butts or north side of High Street, died 1815
  • Henry John Ratcliffe, the Butts (reference from will of Frances Bourne, 1855 and 1856)
  • Robert Wallace Johnson qualified as a ‘doctor in physic’ by 1769
  • John Ansell, surgeon of Brentford, witnessed will of John Francis Randall in 1792
  • Oliver and Ansell, (F.) Surgeons and Apothecaries, Brentford (Wilkes' Universal British Directory 1793 & 1797)
  • Giles, Peter, surgeon and apothecary of Old Brentford (1823-4 Pigot)
  • Lewis Bentley Oliver, surgeon, New Brentford (1823-4 and 1826 Pigot)
  • James William Rutherford, surgeon, Old Brentford (1823-4 and 1826 Pigot); will 1833
  • Edward Selleck Hare, surgeon and apothecary of Brentford, will 1838

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