We truly are the family doctors
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