A plaque has been unveiled by GPs at the Notting Hill surgery of doctor and celebrated author A.J. Cronin.
The special ceremony was held on March 27 for the man whose short stories provided the inspiration for the popular television drama, Dr Finlay’s Casebook.
Among those attending Archibald Joseph Cronin’s plaque unveiling were daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Anne and Alexandra, biographer Alan Davies, and actor David Rintoul, who played Dr Finlay in the 1990s television adaptation of the books.
The commemoration was made by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCPG) and is only the third plaque to be presented by the group.
Dr Cronin studied medicine at Glasgow University and served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Service during the First World War.
He practised in South Wales before moving to Westbourne Grove in 1926, where he stayed for four years.
Dr Cronin then moved to the USA after the Second World War to concentrate on his writing career, spending his later years in Switzerland, where he died in 1981.
He is best known for his work as a writer, notably for his series of Country Doctor books which formed the basis of the television series Dr Finlay’s Casebook, which ran from 1962 to 1971, and Dr Finlay, which aired from 1993 to 1996.
Professor Mike Pringle, RCGP president, said: “It is very fitting that this prestigious plaque is commemorating the life and work of A.J. Cronin.
“His varied and inspiring work spanned more than 60 years, from general practice and treating casualties in the First World War to writing about life in medicine in his dozens of books and novels, some of which were bought to life on television.
“I’m looking forward to seeing this lasting legacy on the building where he spent so much time treating so many people in this community.”