Dr Thomas Frederick Hale (1826-1900)

Blocks 2 Station RoadThomas Frederick Hale was born in Petworth on 2nd October 1826, the son of Thomas Hampton Hale. In 1853 he qualified as M.R.C.S, L.M.Eng and LSA Lond.

Burke’s peerage describes him as “of Saundersfoot and Barrow Hill, Staveley, nr Chesterfield, Derbyshire”.

On 11th February 1856 he married Juliana Stephenson at St Issells Parish Church Pembroke. At the time they were living at Saundersfoot, near Tenby in South Wales.

By 1861 they had moved to Barrow Hill, and lived in the newly built Doctors house at South View, next door to the school (now 21, Station Road). Dr Hale worked as a General Practitioner in Barrow Hill for over 30 years and there are many local newspaper reports of accidents at the local ironworks and collieries that he was called upon to treat.

The Hale family appears in census records for Barrow Hill in 1861, 1871, 1881 and 1891. The 1881 census shows them with seven children (the oldest, Harriott Fanny, was already married).

Thomas Frederick Hale died on 4th November 1900. His Will, dated 1888, bequeathed “horses and carriages” as well as surgical instruments. His widow remained in the house until her own death on 26th May 1903.

© Ann Lucas