Worthing local historian Barrie Keech leads a medical tour of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery for the Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery on Saturday October 5th at 11.00 am. Barrie Keech is the author of the book ‘Doctors, Dentists & Death’.
This new tour focuses on the health of the people of Worthing and the doctors, nurses and dentists of the town who tended them more than a century ago. The tour will also visit the graves of an optician, homeopath and a veterinary surgeon.
Medical treatment in the mid-1800s, when Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery was opened, was vastly different to the care received by Worthing’s inhabitants today. Treatment prescribed by doctors might have included a ‘change of air’ along with vomiting and laxatives and those old favourites, bleeding or leeches.
The stories of these people’s life and deaths have been researched by the Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery and everyone is warmly invited to come along and join us.
The cemetery is a peaceful, oasis of natural beauty set in the heart of Broadwater; why not come along to enjoy the wildlife and flowers and to listen to the guide telling the stories of the events that are part of Worthing’s history?
The tour is free of charge and there is no need to book; meet by the chapels inside the cemetery’s main entrance just prior to 11am.
The Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery is a group of volunteers who work to preserve & promote the heritage of the cemetery and new members are always welcomed.
More information about the group’s activities and the help they offer in locating graves in the cemetery can be found on their website www.fbwc.co.uk.
Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery is in South Farm Road.
Pictured: Local historian Barrie Keech with members of the Friends of Broadwater & Worthing Cemetery