Not that they would remember seeing horses and carriages of course. The above engraving by
An inscription below the engraving tells us that the work was printed by Mr Angel, on the occasion of the Fancy Bazaar in aid of the Funds of the
The connection with Budleigh is that one of the town’s most celebrated residents, the scientist Henry Carter (1813-95), pictured above, was a student at the Devon and
The history of the city’s hospital goes back to much earlier times. The Exeter Guild of Barbers was a Livery Company and is noted in the records of the Guildhall. The Barber-Surgeons were first Incorporated by a Grant of King Henry VII in 1487 and their Coat of Arms bears the motto ‘De Praescentia Dei.’
The use of leeches in modern medicine made its comeback in the 1980s after years of decline, with the advent of microsurgeries, such as plastic and reconstructive surgeries
Image courtesy of the Devon and
Following the building of a hospital in 1665 an Act of Parliament passed in 1694 led to the planning of another new hospital that was completed in 1718. The
By virtue rais'd, this goodly pile shall last,
Built on a rock, nor fear the northern blast;
Let parties rage, and adverse storms arise,
Firm on its base, its head shall touch the skies.
Ages to come the pious work shall bless
And curse that name whose envy made it less.
Hence sacred love in purer streams shall flow,
And give fresh verdure to the fields below;
Revive, ye poor, nor drop a silent tear,
Your ills shall find a new Bethesda here;
Angels of health shall ev'ry day descend,
Nor shall the wretch complain he wants a friend.
Angel’s engraving is accompanied by more verses in the same style, calculated to appeal to the generosity of potential donors tempted by the thought of rewards in the afterlife:
Where heaven-born Charity its aid bestows,
To mitigate the sum of human woes.
To shed the glow of health on each wan cheek,
Make whole the strong, - Invigorate the weak.
No! Devonians glory in these works of love
Which find their recompense in realms above.
A fine example of early Georgian architecture, the Southernay building was eventually found to be inadequate as a hospital and is now a residential development. A new, modern hospital - known to most people as the RD and E - opened at Wonford in 1974.
I am indebted to Christopher Gardner-Thorpe’s account of the history of the