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No 47 High Street - Wymering House

Dr S W Woollett and Dr C J Acton - Surgeons (K1896)

Dr Richard Wilson Mullock, MD (Dublin)
- Surgeon. Before setting up in Southwold he served as a surgeon in the Boer Wars. Southwold is his first and only general practice; he is to serve the community for the next 25 years as one of just two community doctors.

He becomes Honorary Medical Officer of Health to Southwold Hospital where, according to his obituary in the BMJ, he performed his most important work: "To serve this institution he had trained himself in operative surgery and in radiology and, for many years, his beds were kept full with patients sent for operation from the surrounding districts. He devoted himself heart and soul to the hospital and its welfare was his chief hobby."

In 1909 Dr Mullock and Southwold's other GP, Dr Basil Hubert Howard Tripp at No 65 High Street were at the centre of an extraordinary professional row with another practitioner, culminating in libel action which received extensive coverage in the British Medical Journal. To read about it, click here.

Dr Richard Wilson Mullock - During the First World War, he fails his medical for active service but becomes Commandant of the Southwold VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) and Chief Medical Officer at the temporary Red Cross hospital established at Henham Hall. During his professional career he holds several national and regional appointments, including, near the end of his life, Presidency of the Suffolk branch of the British Medical Association, a post to which he is elected but which his death prevents him from taking up.


Dr Richard Wilson Mullock - dies in 1928 aged 53 leaving a widow, Kathleen, two sons and a daughter.

(We are grateful for the input of Dr Mullock's great granddaughter, Claire Wrathall, for information, particularly about the libel trial.)


Dr John D Bor
ham - Surgeon

Drs John D Borham and Cordeau (K1937)

Dates needed
Drs John D Borham and J C Leedham-Green


Drs John D Borham, J C Leedham-Green and Bruce Ogilvie


Dr Gerald Townsley
and Dr Bruce Ogilvie

Joan Goldsmith
- Secretariat, Business and secretarial services, rents an office in the building.


Dr Andrew Eastaugh
joins the practice in January this year, the two incumbent practitioners being Dr Gerald Townsley and Dr Bruce Ogilvie.

Dr Bruce Ogilvie retires this year and the practice moves to purpose-built new premises in York Road.

Joan Goldsmith
- Secretariat, Business and secretarial services, rents an office in the building.


Joan Goldsmith
- Secretariat, Business and secretarial services. Moves to 'The Splash Hut' on North Green in 1994?




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BSD - Bernard Segrave-Daly
BCS = Bygones & Characters of Southwold by Barrett Jenkins
C = Census
CP = Cinema Programme 1958
CSP = Coronation Souvenir Programme 1953
G = Gales Trade Directory
GRO = General Register Office
K = Kelly's Directory
LM = Local memory
M = James Maggs' Southwold Diary 1818-1876
MCG = Methodist Church Guide 1930
NA = National Archives
PP = Pantomime Programme 1933
PLR = Petrol Licence Records

POD = Post Office Directory
PPP = Pier Pavilion Programme 1924, 1926
RCE = Rotary Club Exhibition 1969
SCM = Southwold Catholic Magazine 1923
SCTG = Southwold Corporation Tourist Guide
SER = Southwold Electoral Register
SFP = Southwold Scouts Fete Programme 1947
SG = Southwold Guide
SGCH = Southwold Golf Club Handbook
SLHR = Southwold Local History Recorder 1980s 1990s (Mrs R. McDermot)
SMHS = Southwold Museum & Historical Society

SN = Southwold & Neighbourhood 1903
SPM = Southwold Parish Magazine 1895 -1954
SR = Southwold Recorder 1927, 1932, 1934, 1935
SRB = Southwold Rate Book
SRT = Southwold Railway Timetable 1915
SSAS = Southwold Sea Angling Society Handbook 1909
SST = Southwold Summer Theatre Programmes
SSW = Southwold Shopping Week Programme, June/July 1922
STG = Southwold Town Guide 1930
SVL = Southwold Visitors List 1907, 1930
SVCP = Southwold Victory Celebration Programme 1946
SWCG = Southwold Wesleyan Church Guide

TTR = 'The Town Revisited' - Portraits of Southwold by Stephen Wolfenden 2000
TTT = ''To The Town' - Portraits of Southwold by Stephen Wolfenden 1988
W = White’s History, Gazetteer and Directory of Suffolk 1874

Note on dates
Unless otherwise stated, dates given do not indicate the years in which the business started or finished but those for which there is firm evidence that it was trading at this address. Sources in brackets; key at bottom of page.

The surgery extension of Wymering House in 1907.
Reproduced from a postcard (Robert Palmer collection)
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Dr Richard Wilson Mullock during the Great War.
Detail of group Red Cross photo taken at Henham Hall.
Southwold Museum

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Wounded at the temporary Red Cross Hospital set up at Henham Hall during WW1. Dr Mullock was Chief Medical Officer. He is seen standing on the right of the picture, in suit and tie. His wife, Kathleen, is in the nurse's uniform, facing the camera with the red cross on the bib of her apron.

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Dr Gerald Townsley - mid 1980s

Dr Gerald Townsley pictured in his Wymering House consulting room in the mid 1980s.
Reproduced from 'To the Town' by kind permission of Stephen Wolfenden

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