Anyone remember the Doctor on Wigan Rd?

Started by: strider_2b (25)

Does anyone remember a Doctor who had a surgery on Wigan Rd in Ashton in the 1960s? I've no idea what his name was only that he was a middle age chap at the time and his surgery was next door to The Star and that he used to drive an Aston Martin DB2. Does anyone remember?

Started: 8th Dec 2013 at 14:20
Last edited by strider_2b: 8th Dec 2013 at 14:21:39

Posted by: annefair (1170)

My husband says his name was Dr. Burnett, he was their doctor.

Replied: 8th Dec 2013 at 17:34
Last edited by annefair: 8th Dec 2013 at 17:35:13

Posted by: spud1 (inactive)

It was Dr Burnett,he was our doctor too.

Replied: 8th Dec 2013 at 18:06

Posted by: geoff zx9 (inactive)

My Doctor was in Wigan Rd also late 1950s onwards opposite Garswood Hall,Doctor Levine,very nice Man.

Replied: 9th Dec 2013 at 11:31

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 

He sold the DB2 to Anthony Roby whose wife had the handbag shop on Wigan Road.
Doctor Fulton was the owner of the practice until he retired.

Replied: 9th Dec 2013 at 11:41

Posted by: strider_2b (25)

That's interesting to hear. My dad told me that Dr Burnett was a great Dr, a wise old gentelman and very friendly. He said he was like Dr Ferenby from TV series Heartbeat. Bring back the old Doctor's I say:). I heard that Dr Fulton was from the army and was quite a strict person; he wore an eye-piece I believe.

My dad had heard of Anthony Roby but only knew him as Anthony. He said he used to own a blue Reliant Scimitar (an SE5a model) which used to be parked up outside the handbag shop. He also said he owned a barbers in Platt Bridge. Must've done well as a business to afford an Aston Martin DB2, those cars's are worth around a half a million today.

Replied: 9th Dec 2013 at 13:14

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 


They were both talented and caring doctors. They achieved a certain amount of fame many years ago after a case in which a baby was successfully born alive after being presumed dead in the womb. If you want to investigate further it was GA Fulton and NT Burnett.

Replied: 9th Dec 2013 at 14:06

Posted by: brynkiwi (717) 

Didn,t Dr Burnet take over from Dr Fulton,i remember my Grandfather used to do cleaning at Dr Fultons.
Dr Burnett was our family doctor, he was very helpful for me when my father died as there was only the 2 of us, and I did not have much idea as what to do at times like that

Replied: 9th Dec 2013 at 20:57

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 


Replied: 10th Dec 2013 at 13:43

Posted by: bert (698)

dr fulton did have a monacle.he had only one .i dont no how but he used to call me brother when i had to see him as a child.very nice man.

Replied: 12th Dec 2013 at 20:02

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 


He was. His only weakness, according to my mother, was a fondness for the ladies.

Replied: 12th Dec 2013 at 20:23

Posted by: bryn156 (193)

I lived just a few doors away in 1948 and Dr Fulton attended to me. Pity the Star pub disappeared.

Replied: 3rd Nov 2017 at 20:54

Posted by: cordyline (5350) 

The Star pub
In the 1960s I supped the occasional pint in there

The landlord was Turner

Replied: 4th Nov 2017 at 00:13

Posted by: tonker (25112) 

The Doctor used to fly round Ashton in this!

Replied: 4th Nov 2017 at 21:06
Last edited by tonker: 4th Nov 2017 at 21:10:13

Posted by: dougie (4805) 

--?-- Any of you old buggers remember the Doctors name on Wigan Road that Doctor Spencer took over from just after the war

Replied: 4th Nov 2017 at 22:14

Posted by: dougie (4805) 

Looks like no one knows or remembers the name of the Doctor in the 40s that Spencer took over his practice from after returning from being a doctor in WW2,

I don't think he was an English Doctor, also can't be sure where he lived only know for sure he treated people in A-in-M and Spencer took over from him

Replied: 6th Nov 2017 at 22:06

Posted by: uncle joe (708)

Cant remember the ones on Wigan Road, but I do remember Doctor McCurdey on Old Road. Anyone remember him?

Replied: 8th Nov 2017 at 15:05

Posted by: kenee (2104)

I went to Dr McCurdy a few times, I remember his tiny waiting room was nearly always packed.
Dr Pitalia took over the practice about 1970, he was further up Old road between Wolmer Street and Harold Avenue.

Replied: 10th Nov 2017 at 17:17

Posted by: bentlegs (4784)

Tumtingle. Do you mean Dr Cobban ? There was also a Dr Millington,

Replied: 29th Nov 2017 at 14:50

Posted by: dougie (4805) 

Yes--Tumtell. Is house was on Wigan Road and Cansfield Road the bus conductors would always shout out Dr Cobbon's, don't remember a Dr Millington
Do you not remember the doctor before Spencer is name was Dr Gonsall he was our family Doctor

Replied: 30th Nov 2017 at 22:03

Posted by: bentlegs (4784)

Tumtingle, From what i have been told, Dr Spencer followed Dr Millington,

Replied: 2nd Dec 2017 at 22:54

Posted by: bryn156 (193)

I remember in the 40s Dr Cobbans partner was Dr Hunter.

Replied: 4th Dec 2017 at 23:27

Posted by: towbar (44)

someone there just mentioned [old road ashton] that rang a bell for me ,i bought my first car from there ,i think it was from a coal bagger ,austin twelve side valve £32.10shillings ,i started it with handle,wished i had it ,[or any others i have had now] tommy

Replied: 22nd Jan 2018 at 16:03

Posted by: trixie (5043) 

I remember Dr Burnet saying to a friend of mine who was not too young when she married in the early 60’s and pregnant ,you have left it a bit late haven’t you,to which she replied well you did not want me to be an unmarried mother did you. Which I still think funny to this day.😀

Replied: 5th Feb 2018 at 18:19

Posted by: frankwalford (1098) 

Hi Dougie.The doctors name in the 40s was Gonsalls.His surgery was attached to the British Legion Club.

Replied: 12th May 2018 at 12:40
Last edited by frankwalford: 12th May 2018 at 12:43:16

Posted by: dougie (4805) 

Will I never my old friend Frank Walford as come to look in on us nice to hear from you Frank been trying to ring you a few times, but couldn't get hold of you so you'll have to give me a ring sometime and don't leave it to long.

As you say it was Doctor Gonsalls surgery and house before Spencer came after the war in fact Spencer only moved out 1952/3 to Liverpool road, at that time Gonsall would come to the isolation hospital in long lane as it was called then to see to me as most Doctors did in them days

Replied: 13th May 2018 at 09:11
Last edited by dougie: 13th May 2018 at 09:38:50

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 


The 1939 census lists him as Doctor Perry Gonsalves practising at 167 Wigan Road.(The Jubilee Club address.)

Replied: 13th May 2018 at 22:41

Posted by: tonker (25112) 

Tosh Badouri was t'cock of the doctors in Ashton!

Replied: 14th May 2018 at 22:09

Posted by: frankwalford (1098) 

Dr Gonsalls came to our house every day when I had diptheria to give me an injection.

Replied: 16th May 2018 at 14:44

Posted by: norman prior (817) 

Dr Burnett and before and with him was Dr Fulton. Dr Fulton was also the Town Doctor. They were both my mother's Doctor over many years.

Replied: 16th May 2018 at 18:59

Posted by: bentlegs (4784)

There was a doctor Thompson but i dont know where he lived, His son was inthe year higher than me at Cannsfield he must have left in 1950,

Replied: 13th Aug 2018 at 16:57

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Anyone know the name of the Doctor who had practice at corner of Cansfield gr and Old Road?

We lived in the house, some time after it had ceased to be a surgery. It once had two front doors, one of which gave access exclusively to the surgery. The now superfluous front door was removed, and the portal bricked up by my dad. You can still discern this, as the bricks do not match.

Strangely, there was no electrical power supply to the portion of the house which had been the surgery. I do not know if it had been removed, or if there never had been any. There were no traces of former existence of any such.

Replied: 14th Aug 2018 at 15:53

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 

Dr. JM McCurdy.

Replied: 14th Aug 2018 at 19:50

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Thanks Gaffer.

Is that the same McCurdy who once lived close to where you are?

Replied: 14th Aug 2018 at 20:31

Posted by: gaffer (7044) 


Replied: 14th Aug 2018 at 22:03

Posted by: priscus (inactive)

Thanks, again.

Replied: 14th Aug 2018 at 22:10


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