William Snow


William Snow was a bit of an oddball.

Born in Somerset in 1797, he was living in Bow almost continuously from before 1826 until his death there aged 74 in 1871. He was buried at Bow Church. There is no record of his clinical activities, and his name was never included in the GMC Register (first published in 1859). During his time in Bow he saw several other surgeons come and go.

He never married. He lived at Reeves when it was owned by George Packer (prior to 1826).


In 1828 he was sentenced to six months in gaol for libelling a young lady in the village. See contemporary report of his trial.

The object of his attention was Miss Patience Reed (1798 - 1876), sister of Mrs Mary Wreford of Grattons. She sued him for writing libellous letters after she had turned down his proposal of marriage. She went on to marry, in 1834, William Langdon of Tedburn St Mary. He died two years later as did their 5 month old daughter the following year. Her second husband was Luke Ponsford (1788-1850), previously surgeon to the Exeter Lunatic Asylum; the son of a Moretonhampstead surgeon. They married at Bow in 1845. "The bride, with her usual benevolence, presented the poor of the parish with the sum of £50, which, under the superintendance of her relative, Samuel Wreford, Jun., Esq., is being dispensed in good old English style, and the day is passing off with great rejoicing".

After his release from gaol, he lived at Chanterhayes, near the present "Church Rooms".