We truly are the fam­ily doc­tors

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Tom Mor­gan

NO 3 & 4: Dr Cuth­bert, left, and the last Dr Henry MEET the Whit­worths, who have served as GPs in one vil­lage for five gen­er­a­tions.

The lat­est to carry on the fam­ily tra­di­tion is Dr Chris Whit­worth, 43.

And he has just un­cov­ered a col­lec­tion of vin­tage pho­to­graphs in an at­tic, show­ing all the Dr Whit­worths dat­ing back to 1839.

That was the year the orig­i­nal Dr Henry Whit­worth set up in prac­tice un­til 1883.

Next came his son William, who picked up his stetho­scope to care for the sick from 1880 to 1917.

Then his son Cuth­bert car­ried on from 1914 to 1951, fol­lowed by his son, a sec­ond Dr Henry, from 1946 to 1991.

Chris dis­cov­ered the old black and white pho­to­graphs in a wooden box at a for­mer home surgery in St Agnes, Corn­wall, left to him by his Un­cle Henry, who died last year aged 87.

Chris’s fa­ther, Henry’s brother, was in the oil busi­ness, but ever since qual­i­fy­ing in 1988 Chris wanted to be a lo­cal GP in St Agnes. He moved there in 1993 with his wife Philippa, 40, and daugh­ters Be­nen, 15, Nessa, 14, and Razen, 11.

He said yes­ter­day: “I was clear­ing out the house af­ter my un­cle died and I came across five wooden boxes full of old pho­tos and glass slides.

“It was very ex­cit­ing to see the im­ages of my an­ces­tors for the first time.

“I sup­pose it is rare for a com­mu­nity to have a fifth gen­er­a­tion of any pro­fes­sion – times have changed and peo­ple move about so much more.”

The im­ages have been given to his­to­rian Clive Ben­ney and many will go on dis­play at the vil­lage mu­seum next Easter.

Mr Ben­ney said: “They are ab­so­lute gems. Many peo­ple from each gen­er­a­tion here were brought into the world by one of the Whit­worths.” NO 5: The lat­est GP, Dr Chris, in St Agnes

NO 1 & 2: The first Dr Henry, left, and Dr Wil­liam

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