South Shields Daily Photo

A collection of images from South Shields and the North of England

Social benefactor

with 3 comments

Dr. Winterbottom's tombstone, South Shields

Dr. Winterbottom’s tombstone

Thomas Masterman Winterbottom was born in 1766 and was possibly South Shields greatest philanthropist, he founded the Marine School in Ocean Road in 1837, and was responsible for a number of charities including one which built Mariners Cottages. In 1792 he had been appointed Surgeon General of Sierra Leone but returned to South Shields in 1796 having written his first book. When he died in 1859 at the age of 93 he was the oldest qualified medical practioner in the country.

Unfortunately his tomb, with an elaborate inscription on it, has been the object of attacks by vandals who do not share its occupant’s ethos of public service, and is today as much a monument to their lack of civilisation as to Dr Winterbottom’s attainment of it.

From Geoff Nicholson’s excellent piece – here



Written by curly

April 6, 2007 at 12:01 am

3 Responses

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. We also have vandalism in cemetaries. I do not understand why they do it. I am taking a course in the History of Cemetary Art and the beautiful sculpture that has been desecrated is enormous. Do they not appreciate the finer things in life?

    Clare, Clinton, New York, USA

    April 6, 2007 at 2:41 pm

  2. Maybe some people will start to appreciate it when they meet up with our ancestors in another place!


    April 6, 2007 at 6:55 pm

  3. Oh my what a shame. No respect for the dead or for their tombs. I think it happens everywhere. I like your photography.

    720 pixels
    Brookville Daily Photo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: