#OnePlaceHealer Dr Sharp

Sticklepath Quaker Burying ground has a wall plaque:

In loving memory of Kay Kathleen Forrest Sharp 1904 – 1992 And her husband Dr Chris Sharp, Our much loved G.P 1936-1949. Both of Bridge House.

Kay Sharp and my mother Ann Bowden

Mrs Sharp I remember well, she came to my wedding in Sticklepath. However her husband had died well before I was born. They lived in a small cottage opposite Ladywell before moving to Bridge House. Bridge House had two door bells, including one for upstairs (night time use for medical emergencies).

Christopher James Lewen Sharp had a London Wedding. The Exeter & Plymouth Gazette of 27 August 1937 reports:

LONDON WEDDING. Dr. Sharp (Sticklepath) and Miss Brown (Okehampton). The wedding took place at St. Clement Dane’s Church, London, on Monday of Dr C.J.L. Sharp, of Sticklepath, and Miss Kathleen Forrest Brown daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Brown, of Okehampton. The Rev. W, Pennington- Bickford (Rector of the parish and Chaplain to the London Devonian Society) officiated at the choral service. The bride was given away by her father and. Mr. R. Wotherspoon was best man. The honeymoon is being spent motoring in the Lake District and Scotland. The bride and bridegroom are both well known in the Okehampton district for their interest local affairs and sport. Dr. Sharp is prominent in cricket, and his wife has represented Devon at golf. Mr. H. Croston Brown, the bride’s father, is Coroner for the Okehampton district, Clerk to Okehampton and Hatherleigh Justices, Chairman of Okehampton Parish Council, and a trustee of the local hospital. He takes great interest in sport. (Accessed via BritishNewpaperArchive.co.uk March 2022)

Dr Sharp was nephew to Cecil Sharp, musician and collector of folk songs and encourager of Morris dancers.

A good place to investigate doctors is The Lancet’s obituaries (some also in the British Medical Journal or BMJ). Dr Sharp’s obit., including a good story about when he was wounded in WW1 can be found here.

#OnePlaceHealers is this month’s blogging prompt from the Society of One-Place Studies. Watch this space for “The Perfect Cure” coming soon!

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