THE FIRST SURGERY
In 1865 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman qualified to practise medicine, opened for business at 20, Upper Berkeley Street, London. She had
passed the examination set by the Society of Apothecaries, who then changed the rules to stop more women gaining a licence.
Beginning the need for poor women to receive medical help, Elizabeth set up the St Mary’s Dispensary for Women and Children in 1866.She still did not have a medical degree, however, as British
medical schools refused to admit her. She therefore learned French and applied to the Sorbonne in Paris, where, in 1870, she was at last awarded a doctorate of medicine.
THE PACKAGE HOLIDAY
The first foreign package holiday for working class people set off on 17th May 1861, with 1,673 travellers from the Midlands and North of England
going to Paris for a week. Pioneering travel agent Thomas Cook’s firm organised boat trains from London to Boulogne, and a further train to Paris. A return fare in Third Class cost £1..
FIND MY PAST
Our members wondered what was happening recently when they went into the site and couldn’t believe their eyes. A couple even logged off and logged
back in with the hope that what they were normally used to had disappeared and they were lost. “Help” was the cry and the new instructions had to be given as it was the usual site but had replaced
its logo with a purple background and a choice of four colour schemes for the text and this is followed by a new slogan which further confuses one when it says ‘Where Will Your Past Take You’. One
will gradually get used to the changed, but why can’t things have to be changed when they work perfectly well? Oh dear!
FROM THE PARISH REGISTERS OF
ST GEORGE, HANOVER SQUARE, LONDON
2nd June, 1843
Alice Maud Mary, daughter of Her Majesty Queen Victoria and His Royal Highness Prince Albert. Buckingham Palace, born April 25th, 1843.
AN ODD PARISH REGISTER ENTRY
An entry from the 1801 burial register of Creeting St Mary in Suffolk, reads:
Elizabeth alias ‘Sally’ Woods was a dwarf who lived in the lane on Creeting Hills, still named after her. When her cottage fell down, she lived on in the chimney and when she was buried, the length
of her coffin was thee feet four inches, its width one foot one inch and a half, its depth one foot nine inches.
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT
Often when we are indexing records, we come across odd items in registers or pieces of paper. I came across probably the most bizarre one I have seen
when indexing some Funeral Directors records recently.
* I direct my Executors to arrange that my body be dressed in a loose-fitting shroud so that I can use my arms.
* I direct my Executors to arrange to have buried with me a light hammer through the handle of which passes a cord which is then tied around my wrist so that I could use the hammer to hit the
inside of the coffin.
Can you get more bizarre than that!