Railings to garden
60 Bolton Road, Ashton
Part of Group: No
At Risk: No
Historic England Ref: 33 (Link)
Railings. c.1830. Cast iron.
The detached houses currently occupying the site replaced an earlier building at 60 Bolton Rd in 1987. However, the front garden railings shown here date from about 1830 and are Grade II-listed.
Once the residence and surgery of our family doctor, Dr. Latham. He used to do his rounds in a pony and trap.”
[Gerald Walsh, describing his journey to school about 1922 at www.eyemead.com/GW-1.htm]
Dr William Ewart Latham completed his medical education at Liverpool (1909) and London (1911), and had taken over his father's practice at Ashton in Makerfield by 1912. Following his death in 1930 a younger brother, Dr Frank Gerald Latham, gave up an established practice in Rochadale to take up the reins at Ashton, continuing here into the 1950s.
There is a puzzle concerning the location of the brothers' consulting rooms which I have not as yet been able to solve. J & A Churchill's Medical Directory consistently gives their address as “'The Poplars', Ashton-in-Makerfield, Lancs”. The pair of houses which today bears the name- and date-stone “The Poplars 1883” is at 63-65 Bolton Rd. However Seed's Wigan & District Directory 1925-6 has these houses occupied by, respectively, clerk C H Hill and tailor J A Walker, and sites Dr W E Latham's practice at 60 Bolton Rd. This tallies with Gerald Walsh's recollection quoted above, but can anyone else confirm?
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