The Salters Return

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Nearly three years ago when this blog was in its infancy, I wrote a piece about ‘Doctor Salter’s Daydream’ statue; a public sculpture which was sadly stolen (most likely by scrap metal thieves) in November 2011.

The statue of Dr Salter which was stolen in 2011 (photo by jim Linwood) The statue of Dr Salter which was stolen in 2011 (photo by Jim Linwood)

The statue’s theft was all the more cruel considering the background of the man whom it represented; Dr Alfred Salter, a humble Quaker born in Greenwich in 1873.

Aged just 16, Alfred won a scholarship to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital where he proved to be an outstanding student.

Doctor Alfred Salter (image: The Religious Society of Friends in Britain) Doctor Alfred Salter (image: The Religious Society of Friends in Britain)

After qualifying as a doctor, Alfred and his beloved wife, Ada vowed to dedicate themselves to helping London’s poor and set up a practice on Bermondsey’s Jamaica Road, then at the heart…

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2 thoughts on “The Salters Return

  1. I left a comment on the Cabbie’s site, but this was of huge interest for me, having many personal connections. My grandparents knew the Salters,as they (and we) lived in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe for most of their lives. My Nan lived on the corner of Webster Road and Storks Road for over fifty years, and the Salters were neighbours. My parents lived in Storks Road when I was born, and I have a photo of me as a toddler, taken in that house. I lived in Salter Road (named after Alfred) in Surrey Docks, from 1985-1997, and I remember ‘stroking’ the cat in the stolen sculpture. I am so happy to read that it will all be replaced. I hope that it can be fixed more securely this time.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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