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Bramley Whittle (1809 - 1871) was a general practitioner working in Norfolk Street, the Strand.

BiographyEdit

Early Life & Family HistoryEdit

Bramley Whittle was born on 28 May 1809. He was christened on 7 August in Tooting, Surrey. His father, Robert Whittle married Kimbra Ridley on 5 October 1802 at St John the Baptist, Croydon, Surrey. Excluding Bramley, Robert and Kimbra had the following children:

  • Robert Whittle (born 15 July 1803)
  • Thomas Ridley Whittle (born 7 August 1804)
  • John Cranmer Whittle (born 16 November 1806)
  • Richard Whittle (born 20 January 1811)
  • Mary Anne Whittle (born 14 August 1819)

Ridley FamilyEdit

Kimbra Ridley was born on 21 November 1782 in at St John the Baptist, Croydon. Her parents were Thomas Ridley and Mary Anne. Kibra had two sisters, Mary Anne Ridley, born on 15 September 1786, and Patience Ridley, born on 27 September 1790. On 29 October 1781 at St John the Baptist, Thomas Ridley, married Mary Anne Ricards. Thomas Ridley was born in St John the Baptist in 1749 to John and Patience Ridley. His siblings were: William Ridley (1747), Sarah Ridley (1751) and John Ridley in 1754. On 11 September 1746 in Bletchingley, Surrey, John Ridley married Patience Saunders. John Ridley was born on 15 February 1723 in Bletchingley to Robert Ridley and Ann. John had two sisters, Elizabeth Ridley (born 15 September 1721) and Sarah Ridley (born 29 December 1724). On 8 December 1720 in St Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London, John married Anne Stone. Robert Ridley was christened on 2 August 1697 in Bletchingley, to Charles and Elisabeth Ridley. Robert had one brother, John Ridley, who was born and died in infancy in January 1700.

Career & Personal LifeEdit

After graduating in the 1830's, having been apprenticed to Mr. Dix of Northamptonshire. He was a student at St. Guy's Hospital, and also spent some time studying at hospitals in Paris. He then worked as a general practitioner in Norfolk Street, the Strand for over thirty years. He semi-retired in 1864, aged fifty-five, and moved to Langton, Dorsetshire.In 1867 he moved to Sidbury in Devon, and lived the remainder of his life there, dying aged sixty-two in 1871 of heart disease. Bramley was a successful surgeon and general practitioner, although known for being very eccentric. His son, also Bramley Whittle, was a batchelor French Schoolmaster, was also known for being eccentric; a website adds: 'a man by the name of Bramley Whittle who "delighted in posing before his amused pupils in the character of 'The Dying Gladiator,' 'Hercules,' and other antique statues'.

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