Hadleigh Doctors Remembered

1930s onward

By Ian Hawks

The first Doctor that I can remember was Doctor Harrison Carr.  His surgery was in a small bungalow at the east end of Hadleigh opposite the Salvation Army fields. In the back was a dispensary where he made up his own potions, cough mixtures, purges etc.   

Next, Dr. James who lived in Hadleigh Hall and built a surgery on the west side, with a wooden bench around the waiting room. He was joined by Dr. McGladdery and later by Dr. Elliott who also opened a surgery in Thundersley Village. When The Hollies was taken over as the new surgery,  Dr. John McGladdery joined the team and when he retired Dr. Lester took over with a new team.

Photo:Doctor & Mrs. McGladdery with John McGladdery

Doctor & Mrs. McGladdery with John McGladdery

Ian Hawks

Photo:Dr.James and his wife Helen

Dr.James and his wife Helen

Ian Hawks

Photo:Dr. James with his daughter Caroline

Dr. James with his daughter Caroline

Ian Hawks

This page was added by Ian Hawks on 25/02/2011.
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I remember Dr McGladdery. He confirmed my pregnancy in 1967.

By Dee
On 21/07/2011

I have consulted all the doctors named above - with the exception of Dr. Carr. I'm still going strong at 77

By rene williams
On 10/09/2011

Hello, interesting reading about the doctors. I knew Dr. McGladdery, he was a gentleman who always shook hands with you, and delivered a lot of my friend's babies. A Doctor Elliot delivered my two sons. He came after Dr. James. Dr. James was my doctor and he took my tonsils out when I was 13 years old and bought me a bottle of Eau de cologne when I was recovering. I remember seeing his wife riding her horse round Hadleigh. Those were the good old days of Hadleigh. Pat.

By Pat Millard
On 29/09/2011

I remember Dr Harrison Carr very well. He was called upon to stitch my wounds on a couple of occasions, when I was seven years old and two years later when I had bad cuts. I suffered in silence the first time but I screamed the place down the second time and had to be held down by two men before he could do the necessary. The waiting room was quite full when I went in, but strangely empty when I emerged.

By Alan Faux
On 19/12/2011

We remember Dr Samuel McGladdery for his incredible kindness to us when my Dad died in 1953. Dr Mac used to visit him in hospital and when my sister had pneumonia he gave her an Easter egg. He was so courteous and always raised his hat when he met us and remembered our names! A true family doctor!

By Margaret Smith and Rosemary Morgan
On 24/02/2012

Dr McGladdery was our family doctor from when I was seven till I was twenty six. He looked after my mother when she was dying in 1958 and delivered my first child in 1959. He was a real gentleman and the best family doctor one could wish for. He has always been part of my childhood memories of Hadleigh.

By Mary Fairweather (nee Buckley)
On 03/04/2012

I remember Dr James; I had trouble breathing through my nose when I was a child due to enlarged adenoids and my mother paid privately for Dr James to come to the house and perform the operation at home. It sounds unbelievable but it is quite true, I think the waiting lists in those days were quite a few years and after that I could breathe properly!

By Kay Butler
On 11/05/2012

Dr.James and Dr.Elliot both performed a minor operation on me at home, those were the days.

By Ian Hawks
On 13/05/2012

I remember my Mum going to see Dr. McGladdery at the surgery in Hadleigh, the one with the wooden seating all around the room.  As a child I went with Mum and used to love looking at all the magazines on the big table in the middle of the room. I remember liking the Punch magazines and Just William stories in another one.

By carol powley nee southward
On 29/07/2012

I remember the surgery with the wooden bench, polishing it with our backsides making it slippery as possible in 1960's. Our doctor was Dr Smithson - he was always kind he lived on the corner by the recreation ground.

By Charlotte Grigg
On 05/07/2013

I remember Dr McGladdery visiting my grandmother Francis Potter who lived in Oak Road, and I played with Caroline James and rode her horse (or tried to!) There was a hole in the fence at the bottom of my grandparent's garden through which I could get to Caroline's garden. I am now 75 and live in Devon.

By Val Pounds
On 18/08/2013

I can remember there being a young and an old Dr McGladdery. One of them, the older I think, had a small surgery in Hart Road,Thundersley, connected to his house. After this closed we had to go to the surgery in Rectory Rd Hadleigh. I was at the Deanes School with young Dr McGladdery's son Andrew, I think he went on to become a doctor?

By Jeanette Quantrill (née Case)
On 08/09/2013

Dr John was my Doctor for over 20 years, he lived in Beresford Gardens I think? One of his surgery colleagues delivered both my sister and 2 years later me, home births!

By Andrew Aldridge
On 10/10/2013

I remember Dr James's wife, she was blonde and beautiful and very nice, she rode a horse around hadleigh and I believe that she was 'thrown' by a horse and died young and tragically. She was also I understand the 1st winner of the big prize with a premium bond that Dr. James bought her.

By Susan James
On 02/02/2014

Dr James was my parent's doctor; and mine when I was born.  I was delivered by Nurse Grumbridge.   I remember, very well, both Doctor Mac's and Dr Smithson.  I think it was the older Doc Mac used to have a sweetie jar in his room for "little ones."  I once had to call him out to my father and he was a little cross with me on the phone.  When he came and saw how poorly dad was, he patted me on the shoulder and with much humility, said  "You did the right thing, well done!" All of them were very kind and caring doctors.   

By Ve Hutley
On 04/04/2014
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