|Research and article by Richard Hall, 2017
William Pilling Orell was born in Preston in 1873 and in the 1891 census, aged 18, he is shown as living with his parents and siblings at 155 Waterloo Road, Preston and his occupation is “pharmaceutical student”.
His father was John Orell, a cotton waste merchant and his mother Annie, nee Sowerbutts. His eldest brother was cashier at a biscuit works and his other brother a bookkeeper at a Waste Warehouse. (His father’s?)
By the time he was 28 in 1901 he is shown in the census of that year as having a Chemist & Druggist business in Stockport, Cheshire.
In 1911 he is shown as living at 72 Chatham St. Stockport with his wife Annie and 7 year old daughter Muriel, and is evidently the owner of a pharmacy as he is described as a pharmacist and an employer.
He appears to have moved to Rushden to succeed Walter Maudling at 9 - 11 High Street sometime between 1911 and 1912 as he has an advertisement in the programme for the St. Peter’s Bazaar of October 1912 for his Dental Rooms and pharmacy at 9 - 11 High Street as the successor to Maudling. In the 1914 Electoral Register he is shown at 11 High Street but his abode is given as 89 Newton Road at which address he is also shown in the 1924 Kelly Directory and the 1925 Electoral Register.
In the Echo for 23rd November 1917 we are told that Bertram Allen, of 3 Newton Road, has moved his practice to Mr Orrell’s and will attend on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Following this the business was then advertised as Orwell & Allen Dental Surgery at 9 - 11 High Street and the chemist wasn’t mentioned although it evidently continued to function. Sometime between 1926 and 1928 the pharmacy passed from Mr Orrell to George Edward Victor Fleeman (Vic) who must have discontinued the dental practice and concentrated on the pharmacy as I can find no mention of a dentist after 1926.