Having toothache recently reminded me that – a long time ago now – I used to go to a dentist on Humberstone Road, opposite Forest Road. This practice was established by Harry Bowerman in the early 20th century, and I imagine he was the local dentist for many people living in the Charnwood Street area. According to his obituary in the Leicester Mercury on 19 January 1959, he had previously practised in London, Edinburgh and the North of England, and was awarded the International Gold Medal & Diploma for Dental Technicians at the Sorbonne university in Paris in 1908. He originally had a practice at 317 Humberstone Road, on the corner of Frank Street, but moved to new premises between Parry Street and Spinney Hill Road when Frank Street suffered bomb damage during the Second World War. His sons Alec and George joined him in the practice, the latter later becoming a dental surgeon at a mission station in Northern Rhodesia.
He was elected as Conservative representative for West Humberstone in 1928 and served as a councillor and alderman with one short break until 1952. His main interests included housing and the welfare of children and the elderly, and he was described as a regular visitor to the Countesthorpe Cottage Homes for children and Hillcrest Hospital. He was involved in a number of other local activities including Working Men’s Clubs, schools football, amateur boxing and the Leicester Walking Club.
He was also associated with the formation of the old Leicester Speedway, where his son Alec was a dirt track rider ‘of distinction’ in the late 1920s. He helped to establish the Evington Cinema in 1917, and was a director of this and Mutual Pools Ltd. for many years. As a prominent Freemason, he was Worshipful Master of the Grace Dieu, Simon De Montfort, Fowke, East Goscote and Arch Mariners lodges. He died at his home, 66 Scraptoft lane, in January 1959, and was buried in Welford Road Cemetery. His brother Herbert worked for the British United Shoe Machinery Co.
Does anyone remember Harry Bowerman?