by Joe Earp
This grave is of the above. It is an interesting grave located in the General Cemetery. It is the only grave that I can recall which actually has an image of the deceased on the tomb.
From Robert Mellors, Old Nottingham suburbs: then and now, (1914):
CHARLES BELL TAYLOR was a surgeon occulist. His father, brother, and nephews were, or are, veterinary surgeons in Nottingham. He lived and died at Beechwood Hall, Mapperley Park. He took the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Edinburgh in 1854, became F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh) in 1867, and in addition had quite a long list of medical qualifications. He was at one time President of the Parisian Medical Society. He was appointed surgeon of the Nottingham Eye Infirmary in 1859, and filled that office with great distinction for nearly half-a-century. As an operator he was without a rival. He was the first to perform the operation for cataract without leaving a scar. He had a world-wide reputation. His rooms were crowded. He would have a hundred consultations in a day, and say ten operations. He frequently lectured on his special subjects, and many of his lectures were reported in the Lancet between 1884 and 1895, one of the most valuable being entitled “Eye Diseases in General Practice.” “These lectures,” says the Lancet, “were models of simple, clear, and incisive style, and they were further illustrated with careful drawings, made and engraved upon wood, for Dr. Taylor never would have a process block of any kind.” The amount of work he did was enormous. “Probably,” says the British Medical Journal, “his abstemious mode of living, combined with his great vitality to produce this result; he never had more than two meals a day, and he abstained altogether from alcohol, tobacco, and even from tea and coffee. Certainly it is given to few men to perform as he did at 80 years of age, the most exacting operations, with a hand as steady as in his prime.” He contributed papers to the Medical Times for upwards of thirty years, the last being only a month before his death.
He was very kind to the poor. He was a great lover of animals, and was never tired of writing against vivisection. The Animals Guardian was a favourite publication of his. He had two white carriage horses, which, with his brougham, were well known. They followed him to the graveside. He was a strong individualist, and hated compulsion. He invariably quoted Pope’s words, both in relation to human beings and animals, for they represented the religion of his life :—
“Teach me to feel another’s woe,
To hide the faults I see, That
mercy I to others show That
mercy show to me.”
His remains were cremated, and the ashes were buried in the Nottingham General Cemetery, where, east of the top chapel, there is a striking monument, having a medallion portrait of the deceased, with, at the foot, a dog in repose. He died in 1909, aged 80.