Dr John Henry Blight

Dr Blight

After the death of Dr Hale, the 1901 census shows his widow, Mrs Hale, and her family still living in the Doctors house, next door to the school at Barrow Hill. Dr Blight is listed as part of the household as an assistant medical practitioner (locum).

Originally from Antony in Cornwall, the 1911 census shows that, aged 48, he was still in the same house at Barrow Hill living with his widowed father and his sister who is listed as his housekeeper.

In his memoir, Arthur Fox wrote that, “the locum was the bearded Dr Blight. After morning surgery he would start on the top row and wind his way down the village, usually riding a bicycle to visit his sick patients. To visit those outside the village at New Whittington, Brimington etc, he had two black horses and employed a coachman, Jonathon Fogg.”

According to Eileen Newham (1918-2016), she was the last baby to be delivered by Dr Blight.

©Ann Lucas