I remember my grandmother acted as a local midwife and undertaker to earn money in the 1920’s. It was one shilling for a birth and one shilling for laying out a body. There was a local joiner who would make the coffin. There was very few undertakers. The one undertaker I do remember was Fred Crostin who’s motto was ‘we never sleep’.
Childhood visits to the doctors
I had ringworm when I was four years old and was devastated that I had to have my hair shaved off.
I also remember going to the a doctors in Laygate and his wife who was a nurse always had to be present because the doctor drank too much and she had to check what he was saying to patients. My mum told me that he died after falling off a bus drunk.