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'Well' – the Pharmacy tradition

16th August 2015 @ 12:12am – by Carmel, Liz, Helen, Gill and Alison
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When the newly rebranded 'Well' Pharmacy in Tattenhall wanted a local 'celebrity' to officially open its doors, it turned to Mrs Judith Whittingham, the family of whom were involved in the history of the village pharmacy for over 50 years.

Many of you will remember Judith's father, George Craggs, who qualified as a pharmacist in the 1930's in Edinburgh before opening a small chemist's shop in Vicars Cross. He moved to Tattenhall with his family in 1953 and then established his Pharmacy Business at 'The Mount'* in the centre of the village. With the help of his wife, Phyllis, George Craggs served the village until his retirement in 1978.

From that year until the early 1990's the village was without its own chemist's shop, at which point a family company called 'P Williams' opened in the current location. Judith followed in the family footsteps and worked there as a dispenser until her own retirement a few years ago. Since then the pharmacy has been owned by the; Co-operative Group', and more recently 'Well', as part of the 'Bestway Group'. The pharmacy has grown and flourished to become an essential service within the village, and Carmel and the team look forward to continuing to welcome you under the new brand.

* 'The Mount' (in which George Craggs had his pharmacy practice) has a long medical history; not only was it the Pharmacy of George Craggs but previously one of Tattenhall's most esteemed residents 'Harold Whichello' also lived there for many years in the late 1800s and early 1900s. To read the story of 'Harold Whichello' (an accomplished surgeon, linguist and astronomer) use this link: CLICK HERE.

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