Practice History

Gloucester House has seen many doctors practicing under its roof. surgery

One of the early most memorable doctors was Dr Walter Furlong Mayne M.R.C.S Eng L.S.A. F.R.C.P. (Edinburgh). Walter was born in Middlesex in 1854.

Dr Mayne's father Robert was a doctor with a practice in Honiton in Devon, he was born in Newton Abbot in 1831.

By 1881 Walter was a fully qualified doctor. The time of his arrival in Urmston is not at present known but the township at that time was very busy growing due to the arrival of the railway in 1872/3.

Many of the new residents of the area were quite wealthy when you look at the fine large houses all around, many then with servants. This must have been the main source of income for the Mayne family.  It is known that with other doctors he worked hard to establish a community cottage hospital on Greenfield Avenue (now a care home).

It was a continuous problem raising money for the hospital from having musical concerts in the public hall to the annual carnival which was later to become the Urmston Show now famous for the appearance of the 'Beatles".

Dr Mayne was famous for doing his rounds on horse back .There was a photograph of him taken on Milly Street (now Grosvenor Road) hanging in the waiting room at Gloucester House.

The stables and coach house at the back of Gloucester House were pulled down to make way for parking.

He served the community for many years until the practice passed on to various doctors and currently Firsway Group Practice are managing the practice.

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