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Pinderfield's Hospital Gymnasium Pictures
Ashtons's Father, Herbert Ashton, fell from a Pontefract cinema ceiling while
installing electrical wiring in the early 1940's .......
With a broken back, Pontefract Infirmary transferred him to Pinderfield's
Hospital, Wakefield, in order for him to be nearer his wife, Violet Ashton, nee
Lawton, and his children, Doreen and myself, Melvin.
Dad had been in severe pain following the fall but always maintained that,
though he was strapped at an unusual angle, he was at last free from pain.
Following treatment and physiotherapy he actually 'walked home' across Newton
Hill fields, occasionally resting his chest - in a plaster cast - on the fencing
Letter from John Colson who posted the photographs to Herbert Ashton
following treatment & physiotherapy in the new hospital gymnasium
The letter from
7 Cut Northgate Bury St Edmonds reads:
Dear Mr. Ashton,
Herewith, your photographs. I hope you like them; I think them excellent.
As they are from my book please see that they are not reproduced in any way in
any paper. I hope you are now well on the way to full recovery.
Sincerely yours, John Colson Further
of SEVERAL replies regarding my request for further information:
John Colson was one of the pioneers
of Remedial Gymnastics and principle of the college and head of department at
Pinderfields hospital in the early days. He wrote a later book (later copies
with Frank Collison, an RG at Pinderfields) called Progressive Exercise Therapy
(line drawings, no photos) which was the bible to RG at the time. Last published
by Wright PSG in 1983 - although I think there may have been an earlier version
as well. Editions are still listed on Amazon:
Books by John H C Colson
A picture from a book (also
provided by Christopher Norris).
To my late Dad, Herbert Ashton R.I.P. Dad
principle of the college and head of
department at Pinderfields hospital in the early days.
and others who kindly replied to my
request for information relating to Dad's pictures.
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