Dr. Doug Acres

Doctor, Councillor, Magistrate and Family Man

Kiln Road Surgery

Dr. Doug Acres was born in 1924.  His practice in the 1950s was in Kiln Road, Thundersley and he worked along side Dr. Wilks, Dr. Taylor, Dr. Tyndall and Dr. Sutcliffe. Later the practice was to move to Tarpots Corner and then eventually, to Rushbottom Lane.

At this time Doug lived with his wife Joan at ‘Thundersley Lodge’ in Runnymede Chase, where they raised their three children, Mary, Jane and Liz.

Independent Councillor for Castle Point

Doug’s need to help in the community saw him elected as an Independent Councillor in Castle Point, a position that helped him with his campaign for the installation of mains drainage in the Rushbottom Lane area of Tarpots. Also, in his capacity as a Doctor, he was a member of the advisory committee on alcoholism at the Department of Health & Social Security, a position he found very rewarding.

During his lifetime he was awarded the OBE and a CBE for his ‘dedication and hard work earned as an Essex Magistrate’. He was a larger than life, jolly man who would always greet his patients with a firm handshake and a broad smile.  He retired from the practice in 1985 but carried on with his works within the community for many years.  Sadly, after a long illness Doug died in 2001.

We have been fortunate enough to have been given access to these family photos, together with press cuttings for which we thank Doug’s daughter Mary.

Portrait photo early 1990s
© Echo Newspapers
Portrait Photo of Douglas Acres and his beloved pet dog.
Radio Times
Doug Acres - a family photo
Doug Acres - a family photo taken in the garden
Doug Acres - dressed up in nurses uniform
Doug at his retirement party, wife Joan seated behind him
Newspaper article.
Conference News Scarborough Oct 22nd 1977
Newspaper Article
Evening Echo 15th June 1987
Doug & Joan on their wedding day
Shiner & Holmes
Newspaper Article - Retirement
Evening Echo January 1985
Doug's retirement party 1985 - see newspaper article
© Echo Newspapers
Doug Acres 1995
© Echo Newspapers
Doug Acres in the late 1970s.
© Echo Newspapers
Tucking into lunch - 1978
© Echo Newspapers
Dr Doug Acres throwing the first soil during the construction of Abbeyfield House, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh. April 1982
© Echo Newspapers

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  • In the 1950s my family lived in Waverly Rd. Dr Acres was our G.P. I suffered from tonsillitis and I saw Dr Acres who prescribed bottles of
    pink penicillin. I was in bed on one occasion, my mum must have forgotten the Dr. was due to visit. Luckily it was a bungalow so Dr Acres climbed
    in the window gave me a once over and left my prescription. My tonsils were removed at Southend hospital.

    By steven ernest barnett (19/07/2022)
  • Dr Tyndall and Mrs Tyndall on the left side of the photo, ”Dr Acres retirement party”

    By Ian Lipscomb (18/10/2020)
  • I knew Doug from 1990s as a customer and what a character! I would look forward to visiting, spent more time laughing and drinking tea than servicing his photocopier. A very warm welcoming man with a fantastic sense of humour which I sadly missed, RIP.

    By John Day (14/10/2020)
  • I remember Dr Acres very well. He sat on the end of my bed and spoke to me when I had polio in the neck. After a week I recovered from polio and he told my parents that I had fought it off and that I would never get it again. I was under 5 years old and had no idea that I was ill apart from a stiff neck. My parents told me what happened many years later. People in my family were visiting me but I did not understand why. Now I know.
    At age 14 Dr Acres was in the school concert audience with my parents watching me do a solo on stage playing the piano accordion which weighs 23lbs. I played, ‘Feed the Birds,’ from the Mary Poppins film with my knees knocking from pressure, but I did it! I forgive you Mr Beddows for not telling me beforehand. God bless you all.

    By Steve Langston (03/12/2019)
  • I remember Dr Acres fondly, visiting him with my Mum, Maureen Kemp as a child at the Tarpots surgery and then in my 20’s being supported by Liz Acres, Health visitor, absolutely lovely family. Trudy Glenister nee Kemp.

    By Trudy Glenister (22/07/2018)
  • Doug Acres and his wife lived opposite us in Clarence Road. As a family we already knew him through my Aunt, Maureen Stockwell nee Cooper, who was a friend of his, in the distant past. They were really nice neighbours and always had a friendly, jovial word to say to ‘us kids’.

    By Michael Reed (03/02/2014)
  • I was fortunate to be Doug and his brother Reg’s Optician, poetically working in the same building that used to be his surgery. I would always make extra time available as Doug loved to tell a joke or two. Once met, never forgotten.

    By Stuart Humfrey (27/09/2013)
  • My mother, Joyce Turner nee Finch knew Doug Acres, and all the family, he was also our doctor for a good few years. A very good doctor, such a gentleman.

    By Mavis Ann Thurley nee Turner (01/09/2013)
  • I joined Doug as GP partner in 1974. He was a fantastic person, full of energy and extremely friendly. I am grateful to him for all the support he gave me. I am still practising!

    By Dr Ramnik Patel (31/03/2012)

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