#MuseumFromHome now on the blog – starting with Day 203!

Posted by Tenby Museum on Oct 26, 2020 Blog No Comments

Apologies for the lat start in this – I have been made aware that some peopel do not have access to Facebook and so will try to be sharing the forthcoming daily #MuseumFromHome posts via this blog.

Day 203 of our #MuseumFromHome project and today we look at Dr John Griffith Lock (1847 – 1907).

Lock was the son of William Lock, who had for many years been the Town Clerk of Tenby. Educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge, Lock studied at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and later became a physician at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

Returning to Tenby, Lock became a General Practitioner for thirty five years and in 1873 was appointed medical Officer of Health for the town. He was a supporter of Tenby Cottage Hospital, which had been opened in 1871, and took a deep interest in its general welfare. In addition he played an active role in many aspects of civic affairs.

The Borough Council Minutes of the 1880s and 1890s contain the regular reports by Lock. His figures for the year 1890 include 93 cases of scarlet fever, three of them fatal; in April 1892 his vigilance lead the Council to request the Management of the Pembroke and Tenby railway to cancel a Sunday excursion to Pembroke Dock on account of 18 cases of smallpox there. He had previously underlined the importance of the Infectious Diseases (Prevention) Act 1890, had reported on the insanitary condition of many dwelling houses and of the slaughter-house, and had urged the provision of an isolation hospital, a mortuary, and filter-beds for the water supply brought in from the St Florence Valley by the Clicketts Pumping Station.

Dr John Griffith Lock