The oldest pharmacy in the SW celebrates 190 years
The oldest pharmacy in the SW celebrates 190 years serving Topsham community!
Topsham Pharmacy, the oldest pharmacy in the south west, celebrated its 190th anniversary in style last Saturday 29th June with a marquee and plenty of bunting decorating the surprisingly large garden behind the old building at 18 Fore Street. It was a morning with displays of fascinating memorabilia, some explosive chemistry demonstrations, some great memories, refreshments fun for the children and all in aid of Exeter’s Hospicecare.
David Norsworthy said “The original business was established in 1823 by a pharmacist called Marler Troake – his photo held pride of place in the marquee on the day ‐ and it has remained an independently owned pharmacy ever since. It is one of the very oldest in the entire country with a fascinating history now documented by my wife Judy with support from Topsham Museum and Exeter Central Library’s Records Office. We’re really proud to still be here and thriving after such a long time and it was a great experience to share this special anniversary with so many local people and interested visitors!”
David added “We were particularly delighted on the day to have visits from all sorts of people who remembered the pharmacy fondly over the years. I have to mention especially John and Anna Smith the previous owners, Joan Greenslade who owned the pharmacy from 1975 to 1985, the son of Mr Samuel Nelson White (owner 1949 to 1966) and numerous others who could remember and recount amusing stories of previous owners including tales about Mr Fisher, a bit of an authoritarian who owned it from 1906 to 1948! It was a great day!”