Peterborough Civic Society

Plaque 4    33 Westgate
Dr Thomas James Walker, a native of Peterborough, a distinguished medical practitioner and a renowned antiquarian, was born in a house on this site in 1835. He was a surgeon specialising in diseases of the throat and larynx but also a general practitioner and was the honorary surgeon to Peterborough Infirmary from 1862 until 1906. As an antiquarian he investigated a Roman site near Westwood Bridge, Anglo-Saxon burials at Woodston and wrote the definitive history of the Napoleonic POW Camp at Norman Cross. He was invested with the Freedom of the City of Peterborough in 1915. Four of his sons became doctors and continued the medical practice here until 1958.
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