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Dr John Waggett

Dr John Waggett

Person  Male  Born 1818  Died 2/11/1909

Categories: Benefactor, Medicine

At Elsevier Ruth Richardson writes:
"That year {1882}, Dr John Waggett MD FRCS (1818–1909) decided to donate funds sufficient to erect a drinking fountain on the crest of London’s Notting Hill. Dr Waggett was preparing to retire from the district he had served for nearly 40 years as a general practitioner, vaccinator, and as honorary surgeon to the local dispensary for the poor. Waggett had an interest in cholera, contributing to a government report on the 1854 epidemic. The death rate from the disease among the working poor in the slums of the Potteries, Notting Dale, in his patch, was more than nine times greater than among people housed in the new “model” housing championed by Prince Albert (25·9 vs 2·9 per 1000). Waggett’s obituary characterised him as 'a perfect specimen of the highest class of general practitioner . . . not a man who cared for public life, but always ready to aid any good work'. His fountain was still working well in the 1950s, but has since run dry."

With his year of death we found his obituary where we learn that he retired in about 1884 and moved to Bournmouth where he died.

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John Waggett's water fountain

{On the main body, facing the pavement:} The gift of John Waggett, MD, 1882. ...

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