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Dr Herbert Burland

Dr Burland's surgery, next to the Baptist Chapel in Meeting Lane

In the photo above, the lady and the little girl on the right are standing outside Dr Burland's surgery in Meeting Lane.
He lived in Finedon and normally travelled to Burton in a pony and trap.

Herbert BURLAND MRCS LRCP (1863–1921)
by Barrie MacKay

Hailing from Wigan in Lancashire, the son of an oil merchant and grease manufacturer, Dr Burland, after qualifying to practise medicine in 1888, joined Dr John Crew of Manor House, Higham Ferrers, initially as Dr Crew’s assistant and later as his practice partner.  By 1894, the partnership of Dr Crew, Dr Charles Richard Owen of Highfield House, Park Road, Rushden, and Dr Burland was well established (Crew, Owen & Burland, surgeons, Highfield House). Finedon was where Dr Burland lived.

Upon the inauguration of the Burton Latimer Cottage Homes scheme in 1897, Dr Burland was appointed Medical Officer.

Kelly's Directory of 1898 records that, at Finedon, Dr Burland (still in the partnership of Crew, Owen & Burland) was surgeon & medical officer of health to the urban district council & medical officer & public vaccinator for Finedon District, Wellingborough Union.  In addition, he was at that stage visiting Burton Latimer three times per week to hold surgeries ("attends mon, wed & sat from 2.30 to 5pm").  His marriage to Mabel Harriet Brown Lane of Rothwell took place the same year (when he died he was to leave a widow and two daughters).

On 18 Apr 1901, the Home Office Factory Department announced in the London Gazette that the Chief Inspector of Factories had appointed Dr. Burland to be Certifying Surgeon for Finedon Distrtict under the Factory and Workshop Acts (his death on 20 Sep 1921 created a vacancy which the following month appeared in the Gazette.)

The practice partnership of Crew, Owen & Burland seems to have ended by the time we catch up with Dr Burland in 1903. His medical responsibilities, though, remained the same as they were in 1898, including the surgeries held at Burton Latimer.  By 1906, however, despite the arrival of Dr T.A.B. Harris as resident doctor in Burton Latimer, increased responsibility had been taken on by Dr Burland. In addition to his Wellingborough Union duties, Dr Burland had been appointed medical officer and vaccinator of No. 3 District, Kettering Union, medical officer of Finedon Post Office and the frequency of his Burton Latimer visits had increased ("attends daily at 1pm").

For further details of Dr Burland's Burton Latimer medical practice and the controversy over his appointment as No: 3 District Medical Officer click here

By 1909, responsibility for No. 3 District, Kettering Union had passed to Dr. Harris.  At that stage Dr Burland was still holding daily surgeries at Burton Latimer, commencing at 1pm, and he continued to serve as Medical Officer of the Burton Latimer Cottage Homes.  That is how things were to remain until his death.  Dr Burland was a well-known and much respected member of the medical profession.  His successor, Dr Alan Strachan, lodged the address “c/o H. Burland MRCS, Finedon, Northants” with the General Medical Council when he arrived.

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