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History of our Practice

On this page we're pleased to share with you some of the history of our practice and the area.  Scroll down to the bottom to view our picture gallery - new images are being added regularly.

The History of our Practice

Drs. Mathias, Murray & MourinThe partnership now based at Theatre Royal Surgery was originally established in the early 1970's in Park Road, Dereham by Drs. David Mathias, Ken Mourin and Jim Murray (known as the Three M's) working from a converted bungalow.  After Dr. Murray left to work in Holland they were joined by Dr. Adrian Caro.



The original Dereham Theatre Royal

As the practice grew, more space was needed and the  partnership bought the old old Theatre Royal which was demolished in 1978 to build the new surgery. 

In 1979 the practice moved to it's new home in Theatre Street and became known as Theatre Royal Surgery.


Construction underway in 1978At the time, the building was considered to be a cutting-edge design for general practice and was commissioned from the renowned architectural practice of Fielden & Mawson in  Norwich.  It was built by R.G. Carter Ltd., of Drayton.  The practice building is mentioned in Pevsner's Architectural Guide.  When the practice was built it was designed to house four GP's, a GP Trainee, two practice nurses and supporting adminisrative staff.


The front extension work begins.As the demands of general practice grew, it became  necessary to expand the practice.  The partnership grew, the nursing team was enlarged and several more administrative staff were recruited.  It soon became clear that the practiced needed an extension!


The two storey extension. In the early  1990's a two storey extension was added to the front of the main building, providing an entrance foyer, larger waiting room, and a first floor library/meeting room plus other sundry rooms.


In 2010, we ran out of space and plans were drawn up for a single storey extension at the rear of the premises to replace the portable building that was been in situ for five years.  We now need to house seven partners, four nursing team members, a dispensary and eighteen administrative staff and have a maintenance and support team of three!  Building the extension began in January 2011 and it is due to be ready for use in the spring.


Theatre Royal Surgery Partners

  • Dr. Kenneth Mourin (retired)
  • Dr. James Murray (left)
  • Dr. David Mathias (retired)
  • Dr. Adrian Caro (retired)
  • Dr. Gerard Keele (retired)
  • Dr. Christopher Abell (left)
  • Dr. Sandra Taylor (left)
  • Dr. Simon Cooper (retired)
  • Dr. Scott Turner (left)
  • Dr. William Cartledge
  • Dr. Marinus Rosbergen
  • Dr. Paul Whyman (left)
  • Dr. Philip Bayliss-Brown (left)
  • Dr. Richard Baynham (left)
  • Dr. Kathryn Green (left)
  • Dr. Antonio Penart-Lanau (left)
  • Dr. Klaus Koch
  • Dr. Rachel Kinnaird
  • Dr. Shahid Chaudry (left)
  • Dr. Susan Atcheson (left)
  • Dr. James Green (left)
  • Dr. Sarah Stevens (changed to salaried)


Dereham and Area

Just twenty minutes drive from the cathedral city of Norwich, we are also within easy reach of Cambridge, King's Lynn,East Dereham - in the centre of Norfolk.  Peterborough and London. The beautiful north Norfolk coast is approximately 15 miles, the Norfolk Broads National Park 20 miles, with Southwold and the Suffolk heritage coast a 1.5 hour drive. From Norwich there are good nation-wide rail links and international flights via Amsterdam from Norwich airport.

Dereham market place. East Dereham is a thriving town with many amenities and a varied and well patronised shopping centre. Sports and recreational facilities abound - including swimming pool and fitness centre, football, golf, hockey, squash and cricket clubs etc. and is home of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.


St. Withburga's stained glass window.Noted historical references to the town include Saint  Withburga, daughter of a Saxon King - Withburga's Well is located at the west end of the parish church. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Dereham was laid to waste by Danish raiders and later partly destroyed by two great fires. Some of the medieval buildings remain - notably the church, part of which dates from 1220 and Bishop Bonner's Cottages which now house the town's museum. Bishop Bonner is remembered as the man who sent Archbishop Cranmer to the stake when Mary Tudor tried to reverse the religious reformation started by her father, Henry VIII.


More recent renowned East Dereham residents have included George Borrow, author of the classics "Lavengro" and "The Romany Rye" who was born at Dumpling Green on the southern edge of the town, and the poet William Cowper, who Hill House Derehamspent his latter years at a house in the market place.  Completing a Dereham literary hat-trick is John Fenn, who discovered and transcribed the Paston letters, more than a thousand items of correspondence which reveal much about middle class family life at the time of the Wars of the Roses. Fenn's home, Hill House, stands in the market place and is now a busy hotel and restaurant, just one example of the Georgian rebuilding work which followed the second of Dereham's great fires.



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