A tribute to the life and work of Brian Torode

William Welstead

To download Richard Barton’s essay entitled, ‘William Welstead K.S.G. (1847-1929) of Cheltenham,’ please press the link below:

See also ‘St Gregory’s School, Cheltenham’:

One comment on “William Welstead

  1. Richard Barton
    July 10, 2020

    A request for more information from Gael Welstead:

    Hi there,

    I just wanted to say a thank you for your historical work.

    Whilst researching my grandfather (Grumps) and his relationship with medicine I came across your article on William Welstead. William’s grandson in the article, Alec Welstead, is my Grumps!

    If you had any more info to share, I’d love to know what you have. In particular would love to find the cartoon mentioned here;

    ‘Mr Welstead was once described as “one of the busiest men in town”. His grandson recalls a cartoon in the form of a drawing of 27 chairs, stacked on each other in a pile with his grandfather sat on top. It is understood that this represented a time when he was chairman of that number of organisations’

    It turns out my dad Fenning, Alec’s eldest son, has a copy of the photography that created your curiosity.

    Fenning said, ‘I can remember him being referred to as WW and being chairman of Shirers & Lancers the outfitters. On one occasion Grumps (Alec) took me to the store and we found in the tailoring department an elderly tailor with measuring tape sling over his shoulders – he had been there since the first war and remembered WW. He greeted Grumps as Master Alec!’

    I have been searching on the internet for the cartoon you mention of WW sitting on 27 chairs – I would love to find it!

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