Happy Doctors

A couple of weeks from now, the UK will resemble today’s Italy. Our National Health Service will be close to collapse, its staff exhausted.

O tempora, o mores. In late March a hundred and twenty-five years ago, the Scarborough Mercury published this snippet in Filey: Events of the Week –

Nearly everyone has got the influenza or if they haven’t exactly got it, they have a notion that they are just going to have it. Whoever you speak to seems quite gloomy and the doctors as they rush up one street and down another are the only persons who seem really happy. They must have reaped a golden harvest for more people have been ill in Filey since Christmas than probably ever before known in so short a time. It is quite a fashionable watering place, but really it need not have been so fashionable in the matter of the influenza. Proportionately many more people have been attacked in Filey than in Scarborough, and it has also had a most disastrous effect on the old people.

One of the Filey doctors coining it was James HAWORTH, aged 70 but still in practice. Known locally as “The Old Doctor” to distinguish him from his physician and surgeon son John Thomas (familiarly “Tom”). Both men served Filey well for many years and are buried in St Oswald’s churchyard, James with Jane and Tom with Beatrice Mary. Tom has a curious inscription on the base of his cross.


I will not – and went

Neither couple is well represented on the FamilySearch Tree yet. When I have gathered the Haworths, their wives and children, I’ll put the headstone photos and inscriptions on the Shared Tree.

I was surprised a couple of days ago to discover that Tom’s younger sister Mabel married  Henry Robert BARWICK, the eighth child (and fourth son) of William Francis and Ann néeFOSTER (yesterday’s post).

Henry and Mabel married at St Oswald’s but lived in Norwood Street, Scarborough. In 1891 they shared the capacious Norwood Lodge with two of Henry’s sisters, a brother, two nieces and a nephew. By 1901 the siblings and their offspring had departed. Henry and Mabel had two children of their own, and Jane Haworth was enumerated with them, together with her servant (“Mother’s Help”). The Old Doctor died in 1905 and widow Jane, 83 in 1911, was again caught by the enumerator at Norwood Lodge, this time with 65-year-old “Nurse Attendant”, widow Mary Myers.

Henry’s youngest sister Beatrice Crompton Haworth also married at St Oswald’s – in 1905, just a few months before the Old Doc died. Her husband was “St John Lower PALIOLOGUS”, who surely deserves a place on the Shared Tree. His middle name is “Lower” in the civil marriage registration but his elder brother Samuel is “Lowen” on FamilySearch.

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