Donald Hodson - establishing a new business

Starting up a new Pharmacy business in New Town Hatfield in the late 1950s

contributed by Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service

Population Distortion
New pharmacy business operating in new town Hatfield in the late 1950s
Goldings Crescent, May 1968
Ken Wright ; Welwyn Hatfield Museum Service

South Hatfield


Mr Hodson on the population distortion and how it affected his new business which he’d just established in the new town of Hatfield:

(So you really went there with a boom on your hands from day one? You didn’t have to go out looking for custom as it were?). And certainly from the point of view of the pharmacy it was very valued, very very useful because there were so many children and of course the 2 classes of population that actually go to the doctor and get prescriptions are old people and children. From the age of about 12/13 to the age of about 50/55 you don’t go to the doctor. But of course I had all these thousands it seemed like thousands of children, babies, infants and children and of course… (plus pregnant mums! Yes it was all happening) I was doing far more business than you would expect because of the population distortion and we had a really good few years.”

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