07 Jan '14, 1pm
A Quack's Cure
Lionel Lockyer is not a person on everybody’s lips these days, but there was a time his name or at least his product was on the lips of every well heeled person in Georgian London. For Lionel Lockyer sold his imitable pills at inflated prices claiming they worked to cure every malady that might befell the purchaser for they contained amongst their ingredients – sunbeams. L ionel Lockyer whose monument is to be found in Southwark Cathedral was a self styled ‘Physitian’ who during his lifetime amassed a fortune selling his miracle cure. He even went to his grave extolling the virtues of his pills as his monument proclaims: “Here Lockyer lies interr’d enough; his name Speakes one hath few competitors in fame. A name soe Greate, soe Generall’t may scorne Inscriptions wch doe vulgar tombs adorne: A diminution ’tis to write in verse His eulogies wch most mens mouths rehearse. Hi...