A detailed History of Medicine in Hungerford is elsewhere in the museum.
This artice includes various items related to the medical and pharmaceutical life of Hungerford.
William Gee Taylor bought 3 Bridge Street in 1877 for £290 at the age of 31 years. In 1895 he bought 3a Bridge Street for £280 - bringing the joint property back into single ownership, as it had been prior to 1812. He ran the business until c1896 when it was taken over by his son Henry Fernley Taylor. William Gee Taylor continued to sing in St Saviour's Church Choir until July 1912 when he and his wife moved to London.
Tom Bekers kindly contacted the Virtual Museum (Jul 2015) with a set of interesting adverts and articles about Henry Fearnley's grandfather - Charles Gee Taylor, vendor and inventor of patent medicine, who lived in Newbury: "The dates range from 1842 up to 1874. By 1874 he had retired and sold his recipes to Mr Ballard (I think). Charles's business must have been flourishing, as he advertised in the surrounding counties, and had a famous London wholesaler (Barclay and Sons, Farringdon Rd, London) I managed to find their catalogue online, including Taylor ointments indeed". See adverts for pharmaceutical products by Charles Gee Taylor, and a summary of his biography on the Friends of Newtown Road Cemetery website. (With thanks to Tom Bekers, Jun 2017).
This Photo Gallery includes items relating to
- Arthur Heanes Bingham, 125 High Street (now Boots) between c1914 and c1939
- Henry Fernley Taylor, 3 & 3a Bridge Street,
- William Gee Taylor, 3 Bridge Street
- J. McKerlie, M.R.C.V.S, 34 High Street.
- A H Bingham medicine bottle "For outward use only"
- H F Taylor, Dispensing Chemist, Bridge Street, bottle of Bismuth Oxychloride (a white powder for skin products)
- H F Taylor, Dispensing Chemist, Bridge Street, bottle of Calcium Bisulphyte (a white powder used as a preservative)
- Taylor Blue Poison bottle of ..?.. Ferric cyanide
- W G Taylor, Bridge Street, bottle of Analine Yellow dye.
- J McKerlie, bottle of Colic Draught No. 1 (for horses).
- A H Bingham, Blue poisons bottle of Mosquito or Gnat Bite Lotion.
- H F Taylor, Bottle of The Mixture - "Husk for cattle".
- Blue and white Apothecary Jar labelled Conf Pi???
- W G Taylor blue and white apothecary jar labelled "Ung(uentum) ??
- Medicine bottle labelled Taylor's Geo. Wickham MPS and H F Taylor MPS, Chemist and Optician, Bridge Street, containing unknown tablets.
- Arthur H Bingham, bottle of Eucalyptus Oil.
With special thanks to Stewart Hofgartner of "Below Stairs of Hungerford Antiques", who kindly let me photograph his extensive collection of local heritage items in 2009.