Toxteth Park Cemetery
The photograph below appears by kind permission of the Toxteth Park Cemetery website, an excellent resource for Toxteth Park (and now also Anfield) cemetery photos and transcriptions.
The monumental inscription above reads:
WIFE OF JOHN ATCHERLEY,
WHO DIED 2ND APRIL 1870, AGED 65 YEARS.
ALSO OF THE ABOVE
JOHN ATCHERLEY, M.D.
WHO DIED 24TH APRIL 1890, AGED 80 YEARS.
ALSO OF ELEANOR VICKERS,
DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE
WHO DIED 26TH SEPTEMBER 1907,
AGED 72 YEARS.
ALSO OF WILLIAM MORRIS,
BROTHER OF THE ABOVE MARY ATCHERLEY,
WHO DIED 10TH JULY 1876,
AGED 69 YEARS.
Dr John Atcherley was baptised at Bridgnorth in Shropshire on 12 Jan 1810. By the 1830s he was a chemist and druggist in Liverpool, Lancashire, working in partnership with Richard Bird. As Bird and Atcherley they opened an establishment in the city in 1833, offering the public “VAPOUR and MEDICATED BATHS, HOT and COLD PLUNGE BATHS, with SHOWER BATHS, regulated to any temperature.” The 1834 Pigot’s directory covering Liverpool showed Bird and Atcherley as “Chymists & druggists” at Great George Place. Their partnership was dissolved at the end of 1836, but John and his family continued to live at Great George Place for some time, as they were recorded there on the censuses of 1841 and 1851.
John and his wife Mary (Morris, baptised 14 Mar 1803 at Bridgnorth and married there on 3 Jan 1833) spent the rest of their lives in Liverpool, where John continued to work as a physician and surgeon. He was described as a Licentiate of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow when he was admitted an ad eundem member of (in other words, given a courtesy degree by) the Royal College of Surgeons in London on 10 Jan 1856, and he acted as Consulting Surgeon for the Liverpool South Dispensary for many years. The Atcherleys moved to 22 St James Road before the 1861 census, and after that to 32 Windsor Street in Toxteth Park.
John and Mary’s daughter Eleanor Vickers Atcherley lived her whole life in Liverpool and died there unmarried. John and Mary also had a son, named John Atcherley after his father, who was baptised at Liverpool St Peter’s on 9 Aug 1938. Sadly, John junior died aged just 7 months; he was buried on 4 Feb 1839 at Liverpool St Michael’s.