The doctor’s bill

It didn’t pay to be ill in times past as this bill from 1903/4 makes clear The bill was issued by the very popular and much lauded Doctors Lush to the executors of the will of Mrs Ashley

A bill from Doctor Lush presented to the executors of Mrs Ashley in 1904

A bill from Doctor Lush presented to the executors of Mrs Ashley in 1904

Mrs Ashley was Elizabeth, the widow of Joseph Ashley. She had been born in Market Lavington in 1824 as Elizabeth Durnford and married Joseph in 1852. They spent most of their married life in London but by 1891 they were in Great Cheverell, Wiltshire and by 1901 Elizabeth was a widow living with Gye relatives in Market Lavington.

She clearly had a long illness and it cost eighteen guineas in doctor’s fees. That would be about £7000 (seven thousand) at current rates.

However, Elizabeth’s probate record shows that she left effects valued at just under £1975 so she was pretty wealthy.

 

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