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Veterinary Practice operated from local hostelry

One hundred years ago a bill was paid by Kibworth Coal Merchants, Messrs Bromley Bros., to the local veterinary surgeon, L Boniface for work carried out at the shoeing forge, located in an outbuilding within the grounds of the Railway Arms in Kibworth Beauchamp.

Both businesses were operating a short distance from each other and, as Bromley’s were situated in the railway yard, it was only a matter of crossing Station Street in order for the horses, which at the time pulled the drays, to be shod.

Here we see a copy of the actual bill that is dated ‘Xmas 1918’ and paid in full on 19 February 1919. Considering all the work that was carried out by Mr Boniface, £1-18s-1d (£1.90) seems excellent value for money; however, if the same job were carried out today, I feel sure the fees would be considerably higher.

My grateful thanks to Ian Windridge for loaning this interesting piece of local history.



Glyn Hatfield
Issue 411
April 2019


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