Peter Vincent Timothy


PETER VINCENT TIMOTHY (1831 - 1919), ELIZABETH HUTCHINGS (1838 - 1904) MARY COOKE (Abt 1862 - ??) & ANNIE WEBB (1860 - 1919)

Peter Vincent, the sixth child and fourth son of David Timothy and Jane Cassanett, was born in 1831 in London on the 4 June 1831and christened on the 3 July 1931 at St Giles, Cripplegate, London, he was one of nine children.

I have no information at all as to his education.

He married Elizabeth Hutchings at the Holy Trinity Church in Windsor on the 18th November 1854 by licence. He was 23 and Elizabeth was only 16 at the time. His occupation was given as Surgeon. Her father, William, is recorded as a labourer and both he and her mother Sarah made their mark on the original register. Elizabeth, it is believed was living at 45 Thames Street, Boveney, Nr Dorney, close by to Windsor and Peter Vincent was possibly at the same address, but it is not clear from the marriage certificate. David Timothy, his father was shown as a Merchant.

Peter Vincent was a Physician and Surgeon, but is not shown in the Medical Register of 1847 either in London or the Provinces as he probably qualified later in 1852 at St Thomas's. He qualification as a surgeon (MRCS) followed his examination on the 13th July 1855 surprisingly with an address given as Australia, this may be tied up with his reported trip around the world. It does seem odd that he was able to have travelled around the world in what was said to have been the last of the sailing warships as his first daughter was born a year later and I would have thought that a round the world trip in those days took many months and a Navel vessel would have surely visited many ports and would not normally do a quick round trip. HMS Bellerophon was said to be the ship, though there is no record during the period 1850 - 1855 in the Navy Lists that he served as an Officer in the Royal Navy (see letter 3/11/1971 - National Maritime Museum)

'Peter Vincent Timothy was admitted to the Freedom of the City of London in October 1857 by redemption in the Company of Loriners'. He was described as the son of David Timothy of 5 York Grove, Queens Row, Peckham, Gentleman, residing at 38 Barbican in the Ward of Cripplegate Without in the City of London, a Surgeon.' See letter from Chamberlains Court, Guildhall dated 8 October 1971

Two of their children (Kathleen Ellen and Claude Vincent) were born in London, Eustace Bertram in Whittlesey, Cambs. with Edith Lizette being the first to be born in Markyate Street, Herts., now re-named Market Street, a village in the Parish of Caddington, Bedfordshire, on the 12th March 1864, her birth being registered at Luton 11th May of that year. It should be noted that due to boundary changes over the years Caddington can appear in both Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

It has been said that Elizabeth, his wife, was a great horsewoman, they had a carriage and coachman in London and would have had riding as well as carriage horses. It has been said that he had a piano in his waiting room and the daughters were sent in to play for the waiting patients, this they did not like at all.

Dates of birth, where definitely known, of his children, or those said to be his children, are listed at this stage, note that reference "bc" confirms that I have a copy of the birth certificate and "?" is that there is some uncertainty over name or date.


 Peter Vincent Timothy and Elizabeth


By Elizabeth Hutchings  
Kathleen Ellen 1856
Claude Vincent 1859
Eustace Bertram 1861
Edith Lizette 1864
Beatrice Eveline 1865
Alice Blanche 1867
Victor Leopold 1871
Gustave Vincent

Mabel Constance

Cordelia Irene Jet 1875
By Mary Cook(e)  
Bernard Vincent 1881
By Annie Webb  
Earnest Augustus 1886
Maude Eveline 1887
Percy Lionel 1890
Gertrude (Cordelia) 1891
Florence 1896
Birth Certificates for all children listed above  
Other possible children  
Ann 1886 - 1915?
May 1887 was this Maude?
Edward 1895
Peter & Vincent (twins?) 1896

On 20th April 1910 he wrote from 33 South Quay Street, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk to his daughter Mabel Constance giving details of the family and stating that a full family tree which can be traced back to Cadwalter (Cadwaladr), Prince of Wales was held by him. This has never been found! It is said that Henry VII's grandfather, Sir Owen Tudor took a dragon as his device in token of his supposed decent from Cadwaladr, early prince of the Welsh.

There are several typed transcripts of this letter in existence, most of them slightly different! I have a photostat of the original and it is transcribed as below.

33 South Quay

Great Yarmouth

20 April 1910

My dear Mabel

"Honour and shame from no condition rise, Act well your part there the honour lies."

Your great grandfather, William Timothy was born in Wales, Pembrokeshire Milford Haven, was married first at Brighton, Sussex to Miss Glaisher, who died within twelve months, a romantic but sorrowful incident. He was married a second time to Mary Jones a Welsh lady at St. Leonard's Church, Shoreditch. He died aged seventy-six years and was buried at Cripplegate Church yard City, London. His wife died aged eighty-eight years and was buried at Nunhead.

Undoubtedly the family were of honourable, really noble origin. We were cousin to Miss Riches, many years companion to the Countess Beaconsfield. She traced our genealogy to Cadwaller , the last Prince of Wales.


I have the printed record of this.

Her brother was Town Clerk of Cardiff for many years. Henry Riches, a gentleman of good family is still existing there. Captain Riches, their father, when I was a boy frequently stayed at my father's home. A branch of the family of Timothy's went and settled in Roscommon, Ireland. Now the name is common there. One of the descendants, Father Timothy is a Priest at Liverpool in the Roman Catholic Church. One was Captain Timothy of the Dublin & Holyhead Steamboat, and was often mistaken for your Uncle Felix. The steward of the boat refused to take his fare from your Uncle Felix, thinking the Captain was joking in tendering it. So the likeness must have been remarkable.

The Riches family are all tall, Mostly over six feet, some reaching six feet, four inches. Your great grandfather was of immense strength. He once raised on his back, a foot off the ground, a four-wheeled mail coach, weighing 19 cwt.

He was a city merchant, a volunteer to repel the intended invasion of England by the Great Napoleon. He was a good orator. My father and most of his relations were daring men, Seamen, Captain Barker, Riches and Jones who misled trading and smuggling, all were employed by the British Government to aid in repelling the French and were honoured and rewarded for their daring services.

On your Grandmother Timothy's side, she was Jane the wife of David Timothy. She died aged sixty years. She was the daughter of Peter Vincent Cassanett, who died aged eighty-eight years. He was French, born at Nancy of noble family. A great scholar of Latin and Greek and Hebrew, intended for the Church, but became a soldier and leader in the Vendean Army on the King's side and when defeated by the Republicans fled fled to England and received a pension from the Pitt Government until the Peace of Amiens. We all loved him. He was, in my opinion, the model of a man, a gentleman and a Christian, of immense physical strength, mental excellence and as gentle as a child.

With love - I should like to see you

Your affectionate father

P V Timothy


All the Timothy documents were reported destroyed in the East Coast floods in 1953, when Gt Yarmouth was inundated.

It has been said that he had a second family by another woman, name unknown, and close to where he lived and the eldest daughter, of this family, so the tale goes, was engaged to be married to a young Army Captain, on the night before the wedding she asked her father for her birth certificate and her father had to tell her that she was illegitimate. She could not face the shame and went up to the bathroom and broke a glass and swallowed the pieces (an alternative version is that she swallowed a quantity of pins) and later died. It was supposed to have been reported in the press and when the first family, Elizabeth and her children, found out about this second family, it caused a break up.

There should be an inquest report of the incident. It could be assumed that the girl in question would have been aged at least 16 and probably nearer 20 so noting that Peter Vincent was not with Elizabeth by 1881 so she could have been born around 1860 - 65 It is said to have occurred in the 1880's, and attempts have been made to trace any newspaper and inquest reports without success.

Detail from the 1881 Census (Manchester) shows him to be at 122 Rochdale Road, aged 49 but with the only other occupant, a House Keeper, Mary Cook(e), aged 19, born in Cheetham, Manchester. Census Ref year 1881, film No. RG11/ En. Dist. 6. Folio 4.

A child, Bernard Vincent Timothy was born shortly after the census date of 3/4/1881 to Mary Cooke. There is no trace yet of any further children from Mary Cooke and ten years later at the next census he was with Annie Webb and Earnest Augustus Timothy, a son by Annie, was already five years old, as well as two other children aged three and one.

Also the census for 1881 shows that Elizabeth and 7 of their 10 children were living in Southport, Lancs. Missing were Claude Vincent, deceased, Kathleen Ellen, deceased, and Eustace Bertram.

As reported above at the 1891 census none of Elizabeth's children were living with their father, who was with Annie Webb by then and there were a further three children listed on this census, as well as Bernard Vincent. Three of them, the children of Annie, taken from birth certificates but no father is given, though they are named as Timothy, interestingly one certificate, Maude's, has had Peter Vincent Timothy's name crossed out, apparently done at the time of the registration, and Percy Lionel's does not give the Timothy surname, but as he was given as Son on Peter Vincent's death certificate there is no doubt he was a child of Peter Vincent and Annie.

Annie was given on the 1891 census as "wife" but the birth certificates from 1886 - 1890 state housekeeper or domestic servant. Further study of the 1891 census, when available, should reveal where the rest of the family lived, possibly around the Manchester area. Annie and Peter Vincent died in Great Yarmouth on the 3 March and 22 April 1919 respectively, they both were living at 33 South Quay at the time.

From the Great Yarmouth Mercury March 8 1919

"TIMOTHY - On the 3rd instant (3 March 1919) at 33 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Annie, dearly beloved wife of Dr. P. V. Timothy, aged 58 years." From the Yarmouth Independent 26 April 1919 "Timothy - on the 22nd April 1919, at 33 South Quay, Peter Vincent Timothy, L. R. C. P. Lond., M. R. C. S. Eng., L. S. A., aged 87 years."

From the Yarmouth Independent of May 3rd 1919

"We much regret to record the death of Dr P V Timothy, M.R.C.S., who had been in practice in Yarmouth for upwards of 14 years. Dr. Timothy on his little bicycle was a familiar figure. He had an interesting personality and was popularly known as the Poor People's Doctor. He took a good deal of interest in local affairs, which was expressed in frequent letters to the local papers"

A visiting card has been found for a MR TIMOTHY of Longton, Staffordshire, with the qualifications of Surgeon etc.

Mr Timothy LRCP Lond. MRCS Eng. LSA Lond. LMRCS Eng.

50 Uttoxeter Road

Longton Staffs.

On the reverse, handwritten is " Grandfather", it was found in the possession of Olive Constance Dunn formerly Colman, daughter of Beatrice Eveline Timothy, one of Peter Vincent Timothy's children.

He was apprenticed to William Baker, Surgeon and Apothecary of Wardrobe Place in the City of London for five years by indenture of the 30th June 1846, he qualified as a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries (LSA) on the 17th June 1852 (see letter 14/6/1971 - Guildhall Library)

In 1870 he gained Licentiateship of the Royal College of Physicians of London (LRCP) and became a Licentiate in Midwifery (LM). A letter from the Royal College of Physicians dated 5/3/1996 and one from the Royal College of Surgeons of England dated 11/4/1996 give details of his movements taken from the Medical Directories, some of these are certainly where he was living and also had his practice and other just may have been the practice address.

1853 1 Redcross St, Barbican, London
1856 30a Barbican, London
1857 - 61 Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire
1861 43 Barbican, London
1863 Markyate Street, Bedfordshire
1865 - 68 Markyate Street, Hertfordshire
1869 - 75 72 Worship St, London
1876 - 77 Dalkeith St, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire
1878 - 82 122 Rochdale Road, Manchester
1883 - 85 193 Regent Road, Salford, Manchester
1886 70 Scotland Road, Liverpool
1887 - 89 69 Tontine St, St Helens, Lancashire
1890 - 92 95 Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire
1893 Prestwich, North Manchester *
1893 - 94 235 Barking Road, Plaidstow, London
1895 164 Green St, Bethnal Green, London
1896 - 1900 "Travelling" Where was he in this period?***
1897 23 Darlington St, Cheetham, Manchester *
1901 - 03 50 Utoxeter Road, Longton, Staffordshire
1904 - 07 22/23 Howard St, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
1908 - 19 33 South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
1919 (22 April) Died at above address

*** There was a four year period when it was recorded that he was "Travelling" but I have not been able to find out where he was!

* Note that the Cheetham area of Manchester can come under the Prestwich registration area.

Note: Directories are noted for some information being out of date before actual publication date.

London Directory  
1856 - 1858 Surgeon, 30a Barbican
1859 Physician to the Houseless Poor Refuge London
1860 - 61 As above
Medical Directory  
1862 - 1868 Surgeon, Medical Officer, Luton Union
London Directory  
1869 - 76 Surgeon, 72 Worship St,London
Medical Directory  
1876 - 79 Surgeon, Dalkeith St, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, LRCP Lon. 1870, MRCS Eng 1855, LM 1870, LSA St Thomas's 1852 (Phys. Independ. Disp.)
1880 Surgeon, 122 Rochdale Road, Manchester
1885 Surgeon, 193 Regents Rd, Salford, Manchester


He was the author of a book "Advertising Propensities of the Medical Fraternity" , a paper in the Lancet (1875) "On Self - Supporting Dispensaries" and "Thoughts on High-Priced Medical Doctors" in the Medical Press (1877).

Has anyone a copy of these articles or books - I would very much like to see what he wrote - email please to

Over the years he was the Medical Officer for the Holywell District, Shoreditch Union, Physician - Independent Dispensaries of Barrow-in-Furness, Manchester & Salford, Physician to the Worship Street Self-Supporting Dispensary, London and to the Houseless Poor Refuge, London.

He died on the 22nd April 1919 at Great Yarmouth and Percy (Lionel)? Timothy, Son, was in attendance at his death, according to the certificate.

The following are taken from census records

1 Redcross Street, Cripplegate, London    
David Timothy Head 49
Mary Timothy Widow 78
Jane Timothy Wife 48
Peter Vincent Timothy Son 19
Jane Timothy Daughter 9
Justus T Timothy Son 3
Servant Female 21
43 Barbican, Cripplegate, London    
Peter Vincent Timothy Head 29
Elizabeth Timothy Wife 22
Claude Vincent Timothy Son 1
Two servants, Nurse &    
St Leonard, Hackney, London    
28 Worship Street    
Peter Vincent Timothy Head 39
Elizabeth Timothy Wife 32
Eustace Bertram Timothy Son 9
Edith L Timothy Daughter 7
Beatrice Timothy Daughter 5
Victor L Timothy Son 1 Month
Hannah Barker Nurse  
Two servants    
Alice B Timothy Daughter 4
Manchester, 122 Rochdale Rd    
Peter Vincent Timothy Head 49
Mary Cook Housekeeper 19
North Meols, Southport, Lancs, 20 Princess St    
Elizabeth Timothy Wife 42 Brokers?(Doctors) Wife
Edith L Timothy Daughter 17
Beatrice E Timothy Daughter 15
Alice B Timothy Daughter 14
Victor L Timothy Son 16
Gustave V Timothy Son 8
Mabel C Timothy Daughter 7
Cordelia J Timothy Daughter 5
Two servants    
Wigan, Lancs, 95 Wallgate    
Peter Vincent Timothy Head 59
Annie Timothy Wife 31 - born Knutsford, Cheshire
Bernard Timothy Son 10 - Born Manchester
Ernest Augustus Timothy Son 5 - Born Liverpool
Maude Eveline Timothy Daughter 3 - Born St Annes, St Helens
Percy Lionel Timothy Son 1 - Born Wigan
One Servant    
One Visitor    
Barrow, Lancs, 6 School Street    
Victor L Timothy Boarder 20 - born Middlesex, London
Gustavus V Timothy Boarder 19 - born Kent, Lewisham

1901 Census At 50 Uttoxeter Rd, Longton, Stoke on Trent, aged 69, Physician, on own account working at home, born City of London, with Annie (wife) aged 41and children Ernest A, aged 15, Maude E, aged 13, Percy L, aged 11, Gertrude, aged 9, Ethel M, aged 7, born Westham, Essex and Florence, aged 4.

1901 census Elizabeth Timothy, PVT's wife, was living on her own at 20 Fairlawn St, Moss Side, Manchester, aged 62, born Dorney, Bucks and recorded as married.

1911 Census Great Yarmouth Norfolk








It should be noted that Peter & Annie had not been married for 26 years only 6 as they were married in 1905 !

Ethel M has not appeared before - at Dec 2002 no further detail available

The following has been taken in full from a booklet marked TBL possibly produced around 1980 or later. It is copied as printed.

 A later version of the TBL booklet has been produced for members of the family with many of the details of the earlier booklet being updated.

""Peter Vincent Timothy, the fifth child of David and Jane, born at 30 The Barbican on the 4th of June 1831, and was christened at St Giles on the 3rd July 1831. His father and Grandfather and two uncles were all involved in the Merchant Trade, his brother Felix a commercial traveller and his sister Jane married a Spanish Count, he commenced his training at St Thomas' Hospital, St Thomas' Street, Southwark in the year 1848, for which his parents had to pay the school fees of 100 guineas.

He studied hard, for long hours, in the early hours as the night revelers were staggering home, the rattle of milk churns as the carts were pushed over the cobble streets, he was busy studying in the candle light of his lodgings at 38 The Barbican. One morning on his daily walk home over London Bridge and up the streets he stopped to survey the wonderful sight of the busy women on their knees scrubbing the steps.

With a dramatic theatrical gesture, hand on his breast and arm outstretched he called out in a loud voice for all to hear, "Bottoms to the right of me; bottoms to the left; bottoms all around me." His time at St. Thomas' took in three different sessions, the first from 1848-49 when his studies concentrated on Botany and Physics, the second 1849-50 studying Biology and the third from 1850-51 was devoted to Midwifery.

During his studies he had to attend operations in the theatre, which, for a long period before his arrival as a student was used solely for the purpose of amputations on women. The theatre that was lit by two gaslights which were only used for emergencies or on foggy days, had no plumbing and no ventilation. A bowl of water was provided for the surgeons to wash their hands, this they did more often after the operation than before. The operating table, made of deal with a wooden head-rest had beneath it a box of sawdust which the surgeon could kick to any place where blood was running off.

Around the table for an operation would be the surgeon, probably dressed in an old frock coat stiff with pus and blood from previous operations, his assistants, visiting surgeons and distinguished guests. During operations Peter Vincent and his fellow students would file in and take up seats in the tiers for spectators rising in a semi-circle around the operating area. Into this crowded, noisy room the patient was led, blindfolded so he could not see the instruments laid out in readiness.

He had probably been partially sedated with opium or alcohol in preparation for the ordeal to come (The first mention of anesthesia was in 1849 when an inquest was held on a patient who died from the effects of chloroform given before the extraction of an ingrowing toenail.) In the case of an amputation the patient would be held down by the surgeon's assistants so that the operation could be completed as quickly as possible, three to five minutes was usual. Throughout the operation, surgery was conducted without any thought to antiseptic methods.

During the operation carried out in natural light from a large skylight, there would be shouts of, "Heads, heads." from Peter Vincent and his friends, directed at those around the table who obstructed their view. As a student he had to not only ensure their adherence, but obey the hospital Standing Orders which included:

'No person shall be received into the house is visited, or suspected to be visited, with the Plague, itch, Scald-Head of the scalp, or other infectious diseases, and if any such be taken in, then to be discharged as soon as discovered.'

'Patients shall not swear, nor take God's name in vain, nor revile, nor miscall one another, nor strike or beat another, nor steal meat, or drink, Apparel, or other thing one from another.'

'No patient with the foul disease shall go out of his ward, nor come into the house to fetch anything, nor within the Chapel, nor sit upon the seats in the courtyards, upon pain of expulsion.'

'Every tenth bed is to be left empty to air and not more than one patient is to be put into each bed.'

'Old sheets shall be washed and given the surgeons for dressings.'

'The Sexton shall keep the Chapel and yards clean and make graves six feet deep, six feet long and three feet wide at eighteen pence each.'

'No surgeon shall suffer his servant to perform any operation . . . except the Master of such servant be present.'

For his studies Peter Vincent also had to buy his own skeleton for use in the classroom and experiments. No questions were ever asked as to where they came from, body snatching was the usual source, dug up at the dead of night by a very well organised band of ruffians. They were carried into the basements of the teaching hospitals in the early hours, usually in laundry baskets so as not to arouse suspicions. One night a basket was delivered to St. Thomas', the students went down to the basement, gingerly lifted the lid and a man armed to the teeth leapt out and was finally captured by Robert Peel's men, 'Peelers or Bobbies.'

After all his hard work Peter Vincent was rewarded in 1851 by winning the prize in practical midwifery. On completion of his studies he left St. Thomas' and in the year 1852 he was eventually registered, 'A licienciate of the Apothecaries of London,' and in 1855 he was registered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

At the age of twenty-three in 1854 he met and married Elizabeth (Hutchings) at Windsor. They had two children, Kathleen Ellen, born in July 1856 and Claude Vincent, born in September 1859. As far as we know they had other children and being a prosperous family the boys went to college and the daughters going to finishing schools, eventually marrying well. The girls wore beautiful dresses and had their own carriages, they were a well to do family wanting for nothing.

Peter threw himself into his work, his patients were from all walks of life, the very poor would visit his home, a knock at night for him to visit a sick child or wife, or to help some man with a stab wound. He was concerned for everyman and started a clinic in a room at the back of his friends house. Here the poor from all over London came to him, he was paid with whatever they could afford, and many times he took nothing. His wife was taken ill suddenly and he was by her side day and night, but with all his care he could not save her. After her death he again took on the ever increasing number of patients at his growing clinic for the poor, the costs being offset by the many paying patients, which would have earned him about a guinea a visit, help also came from his brother.""

SEE note at end of this, which corrects the details of Elizabeth's death and his marriage to Anne

"" On a visit to an old friend in Cheshire, at the small salt mining town of Northwich, he met a pretty, shy young woman, tall, slim with black hair and a beautiful figure, her name was Anne Webb. (born 1861). They fell in love and so were married in Manchester in 1893 and he took her to his new practice in Prestwich.

Peter Vincent was now sixty-two years old, not a tall man with red hair and beard stayed at Prestwich with Anne for only a few years before moving to 23 Darlington Street, Cheetham on the outskirts of Manchester. With them went their five children, here lies a mystery yet to be uncovered, for it appears that the three girls were not from either of the marriages.

The eldest Anne born about 1886 was ten years old, very tall and quiet. May born about 1888 was a handsome gypsy beauty with dark curls and a hidden passion. Thirdly Gertrude Cordelia born about 1889, slim, aristocratic, a secretive arrogant and quarrelsome girl with a sharp clever wit.

There were twin brothers, Peter and Vincent of whom little is known. Edward was born in 1895, the youngest member of the family at this time, both he, his brothers and sisters were all educated by Papa and when the girls reached the age of twenty-one they were told of their parentage prior to being brought up as Peter Vincent's family""

Peter Vincent's bicycle, a Crypto-Bantam, is in the Tollhouse Museum at Great Yarmouth. We have a rather poor photocopy of a photograph showing Peter Vincent riding it. Due to the kindness of Damien Eaton, Collections Officer, of the above Museum, Beryl and I have been able to see the bicycle and also take photographs if it.

Much smaller than expected, rather like a miniature and modernised "penny farthing" it is pedaled from the front wheel with an expanding brake in the hub on that wheel only, solid rubber tyres and in good condition for the age.

The number of places where Peter Vincent either lived or practiced is incredible, it would seem that he could have never settled in any place long enough to have set up and established a good practice, though it seems that he specialised in treating the poor of each area. He was present at the death of his son, Eustace Bertram Timothy, who died at 5 Derwent Terrace, Upper Chorlton St. Brookes Bar, Manchester on the 20th May 1892.

NOTE - It is obvious that the detail of the death of Elizabeth given by TBL is fanciful as she actually died on 21 July 1904 in the Robinson Kay Hospital at Bury, Lancs., and is buried in the Southern Cemetery, Manchester.The marriage date for Peter Vincent Timothy and Annie Webb given in the TBL booklet as 1893 was quite wrong. In fact they only married on the 14th of February 1905 in London, some six months or so after the death of his wife, Elizabeth.

Therefore all of the children, except those from his first wife, Elizabeth, (and I do not have any records of any more children after his actual marriage to Annie Webb in 1905, and he was 75 at the time!) were illegitimate. I have not been able to find any further record of Mary Cooke.

Annie's death, on the 3rd March was only a couple of weeks before Peter Vincent died. Their grave at Great Yarmouth Cemetery, Caister is plot No. D78 and is not marked by any headstone and is only a simple grass covered grave with a plain stone surround.

South Quay, Great Yarmouth must have been a very busy place when Peter, Annie and their children lived there, Beryl and I visited it late in 1996 and purchased some of the excellent books of old photographs, several showing South Quay, and one of the White Swan (now the Gallon Can) public house at 32 which would have been next door to them. Sadly 33 had been demolished to build a small office block

Great Yarmouth was once the largest herring port in the world and 1913 was the most prosperous year, 823,600 crans being caught, some 1,087,152,000 fish!, it is no wonder that the North Sea became over fished very quickly and the trade rapidly declined. Some 6000 girls were employed that year during the fishing season. The whole quay area was given up to sailing and steam boats, no doubt for the vast catches of herrings that the town was famous for, and also for the girls, many from Scotland, who gutted the fish prior to salting them, it was said that the most skilful of these girls could gut one fish per second!

No doubt the local doctors had to deal with some nasty cuts to hands and fingers. It must have been a very busy place and it was quite easy to turn the years back and visualise Dr Timothy on his little bicycle riding up and down the narrow Rows to see his patients and perhaps being called out to deal with accidents on the quayside.

John Taylor, of Great Yarmouth, who kindly traced their grave at Caister and obituaries also sent me a photograph of the roadway in front of number 33 South Quay showing an excavation during the work to de-fuse a land mine during the Second World War. There were railway lines along the Quay in the photograph and probably also during the time the family were living there, when there may have been the trams, horse drawn in the early days.

In a letter to Poppy Charters dated 24 June 1971 Peter J Timothy wrote "Yes, I am a descendant of Dr Peter Vincent Timothy, my grandfather. My father was the eldest son of Dr P V Timothy and his wife Annie, who was his third wife. My mother, Mrs E A Timothy has given me some details for your tree" and in a further letter dated 24 September wrote "She (his mother) tells me that my grandfather was a tiny man perhaps a little over 5 foot. But character that more than matches his stature, he carried himself well even in old age practicing his calling almost up to his death.

He was born in London and despite his stays in many towns and districts he retained a London twang to his cultured style of speech. He was at St Thomas's Hospital, and whilst young practiced in Bedfordshire and London, later in Cheshire then in the "Five Towns" (Pottery District). My father was born in Liverpool and I can remember him telling me that the family was quite prosperous then.

Whilst a young practitioner Dr P V Timothy sailed around the world on the last of the "Sail" Battleships - "The Bellerophon". He was made a Freeman of the City of London "Loriner" 14th October, 21 year of the reign of Queen Victoria 1857. Whilst I was a lad, local people, medical persons among them, told me of my grandfathers skill and his knowledge of life, his linguistic skill, speaking and reading French and German. Gt Yarmouth is a narrow place and the Rows, thoroughfares with houses on both sides, were contained within the town walls, they run east to west varying width from a few feet to several yards wide.

This was old Yarmouth. Merchant Princes houses, notables of the Cinque Ports, Anglo Dutch businessmen and all manner of industries from Smoke Houses for the curing of bloaters and kippers to Blacksmiths Forges and all the etcetras of a busy port were housed in the Rows all this gives you a background to part of my Grandfathers "Practice". The Gentry had by then migrated to more salubrious abodes in more urban surroundings. Grandfather lived at 33 South Quay his last residence in Yarmouth.

He had also lived at Regent Road, and in Howard Street. My Grandfather used a safety cycle, small wheels with pedals on the front wheel. This I presented last year to the local Tollhouse Museum. By the way Dr Timothy used the Rows like roadways no others dared ride cycles down the Rows "He did" ....... If you'd asked 12 years ago my father was alive then perhaps we'd be able to answer several "mysteries" together. A flood in 1953 disposed of valuable historical material"

"The Bike" at the Toll House Museum|
 Greatt Yarmouth


Taken from the Old Bailey records

55.   MARGARET BREWER (50), Feloniously cutting and wounding   Margaret Parsonty, with intent to do her some grievous bodily harm.

MR. COOPER. conducted the Prosecution.

  JOHN JOHNSON . (City policeman, 134). I was on duty in Fore Street on 5th Nov.—I received information, and went to Bowling Alley, Whitecross Street—I saw the woman Parsonty lying down, with a wound in her neck—a surgeon was attending her—I went to No. 14, Bowling Alley, saw the prisoner, and told her she must consider herself in my custody, for wounding Mrs. Parsonty—she said that she had done it by throwing two tea cups—after I had taken her into custody, I went back to the room, and found this knife and a broken saucer under the fireplace—a man, whom I believe to be her husband, opened the door of the room.

Cross-examined by MR. SLEIGH. Q. What time was this? A. About a quarter past 7 o'clock—the prosecutrix was lying down, and apparently very much exhausted from the loss of blood—I could not form any judgment whether she was in liquor—there were no marks of blood on the knife or the saucer.

  MARGARET PARSONTY . I am the wife of John Parsonty; we live in King's Arms Yard, Whitecross Street. On 5th Nov. I went to No. 14, Bowling Alley, about half past 7 o'clock, to ask for a half crown that the prisoner had taken from me that day—she came in directly after, and I said to her, "Mrs. Brewer, you try to make a piece of work; you might have thought that I wanted that money"—she began to abuse me, and I thought she was going to strike me—I went back, and she said, "You so and so w—, I will have you," and she took a knife from the table and stabbed me, and blood came into my mouth—I wanted to get home, but I was obliged to lie against the wall, and two women came and covered me with a cloth—I was taken to the hospital on the Saturday, and was not fit to come out till the Wednesday week afterwards.

Cross-examined. Q. Did Mr. Timothy, the doctor, attend you? A. Yes—he attended me once before for an injury on my finger—he has not attended me for blows or bruises—I have known the prisoner sixteen years—we were never bad friends—she asked me to let her have the half crown till the evening—I did not ask her to take care of it for me—it was in my own house—I had been in a public house with her that day, I think it was the Grapes—my husband did not take me out of the public house—he did not complain of my having been there—I am not in the habit of going to that house—I was not in it with the prisoner more than two or three minutes—when I went to the prisoner in the afternoon I was not the worse for liquor—her husband was in the room, and her son John came in—her husband did not beg of me to go out of the room quietly, and not to make a noise—I did not call the prisoner a liar; I called her no names whatever—I had not a dispute with her in the presence of her husband—she threw two cups at me—I had not been at a public house with her after I had been at the Grapes that morning—I did not tell her that my husband had been knocking me about because I had been at the public house; my husband did not knock me about—I did not fall in the room till she knocked me down after she had served me so.

   PETER VINCENT TIMOTHY . I am a surgeon, at Barbican. On the evening of 5th Nov. I was called to the last witness—I found her suffering from great loss of blood, and an incised wound in her neck, between one and two inches long—it was not deep—it appeared to have been done with a blunt instrument—such a knife as this would cause it.

Cross-examined. Q. Might it not have been inflicted by the patient having fallen on any sharp edge, as of a saucer? A. It might, supposing the instrument to have been in a peculiar position—I believe I have attended the prosecutrix within the last twelve months; I cannot tell when, but by the parish book I find it was for bruises—she had been drinking, but was sober.

(The prisoner received a good character.)

GUILTY. of unlawfully Wounding. — Confined Six Months.

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Peter Vincent Timothy, of Markyate-street, near Dunstable, in the county of Bedford, Surgeon and Apothecary, adjudicated bankrupt the 17th day of February. 1863. An Order of Discharge was granted by the Court of Bankruptcy, London, on the 11th day of May, 1863, subject to the following conditions, viz:—That he pay over to the Official Assignee, fifty pounds per annum until the creditors who have proved, or may hereafter prove, have received a dividend of ten shillings in the pound.

In the next sections I will cover all of Peter Vincent Timothy's children and where possible their families some in greater and some in less detail, these children are taken from birth certificates, when available, or in some cases from the TBL booklet but, for some, no detail has yet been found.


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