Researched and written by Christopher John Hogger and Susan Morris

The so-called ‘First British Osteopathic Hospital’ was founded by a 47-year-old man named Lionel Atherton and was located in Effingham on the edge of Ranmore Common in the large country house Sun Haven, formerly known as Dunley Hill House. The facility opened in 1934 and seems to have been a substantial enterprise. Upon investigation we discovered that Mr Atherton had been a man with a variety of unconventional beliefs and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, both of which put him much in the public eye through both the Press and his extensive lecturing.

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