Dr Hedley Bartlett came from Saffron Walden and called in to the village three times a week.  He visited patients at home and would leave prescriptions at Holman’s store for people to collect.  He owned one of the first cars to be seen in the village, an open cream-coloured Napier. Anyone requiring a home visit had to leave a message at the Post Office or send a telegram. He practised medicine for 50 years and was a brilliant surgeon, performing many operations by candlelight, although he used an oil lamp when he removed Susan Davidson’s left eye at The Firs (Greenmeadows). He was also a lawyer, Bishop of Siluria and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries for the restoration work he carried out at the castle.

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