In the 1860s there were serious problems with the "furring-up" of the mains so a scraper was invented, the first by Mr J. G. Appold but subsequently one designed by Mr William Froude (of Chelston Cross) was introduced and was in use for nearly a century.

"Louisa Cary" children's ward in 1909. During World War 1 the Torbay Hospital had a volunteer called Agatha Mary Miller; as Agatha Christie, she was later to use the knowledge gained there in the plots of her crime novels.

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