Wednesday, 22 July 2009
Dr. Beecroft's Surgery, c.1910
This photograph of a house on Church Street, c.1910 was sent to me by Yvonne Michelle from Arizona.
She is the great-great-grandaughter of Dr. Samuel Beecroft and Sarah Bloor and the great-granddaughter of Arthur Beecroft and Edith Mary Clegg. The Beecrofts were doctors and the house doubled as their surgery.
When Arthur Beecroft died at sea, while working as a ship's doctor, his wife Edith Clegg Beecroft sold the home and moved to Australia. She sent Yvonne's grandfather (11 years old at the time) to live with relatives in Texas, so he'd have better opportunities in America. Yvonne thinks her grandfather's nanny bought the house and was living there when her parents visited in 1974.
A photo taken by her mother in 1974 can be seen on Yvonne's blog C'est la vie. Update That link is now dead.
For a 2009 photograph and more on the subsequent history of the house, see Hyde Daily Photo.