Gamble & Creswell in Armagh
Founded in the 1950's by Ronnie Gamble in this listed Georgian terrace, just off the Mall in Armagh City, a reputation for quality, clinical excellence and value for money was soon established.
In 1986 David Creswell joined Mr. Gamble in the practice and 'Gamble and Creswell' came into being in September 1990.
The house which is now 4 Russell Street, Armagh City is detailed in the 'Local Registration of Title (Ireland) Act 1891' and 'The Small Dwellings Acquisition Acts (Northern Ireland) 1899 – 1923'. A perpetuity lease made 31/10/1838 between Leo McKinstry and Samuel Gardner involved the yearly rent of £70 10 shillings and 2d. Loftus Troughton, a dentist was registered as owner in fee simple on 09 /01/1930.
James Zwecker of Tyrone became the registered owner in August 1954 and Ronnie Gamble had rooms on the 1st floor of the house when he established 'SR Gamble Opticians', whilst Mr. Zwecker carried on a ladies hairdressing business on the ground floor.
Samuel Roderick Gamble became the registered owner of the house in October 1970, and occupied the whole building. David Creswell bought the building in 1991.
Interestingly Mr. Troughton the dentist employed a Mr. Norman Creswell, a dental technician and local council member. The late Mr. Creswell seems to have been a well liked and respected member of the Armagh community, a fact which has not been lost on the present owner of the house who despite being unrelated, has many reasons to be grateful for his 'predecessors' good reputation and popularity across the community.
David T Creswell BSc ( Hons ) M.C. OPTOM
A former pupil of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, David left 'Inst' in 1979 and following a year at the Belfast College of Technology went on to study 'Ophthalmic Optics' at the University of Bradford in Bradford West Yorkshire. He graduated in 1983 and entered pre-registration training under the supervision of Alan Rundle of Harris Rundle Ltd. in Belfast. He became a registered Ophthalmic Optician in 1984 and continued to practice in Harris Rundle's four practices until 1986 when the move to Armagh came about.
Marcella J Casserly BSc (Hons ) M.C.OPTOM
Marcella is a former pupil of The Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry. She left the Sacred Heart after completing A-Level studies in 1988 and went on to study Ophthalmic Optics at Aston University in Birmingham. After graduating in July 1991 she took up a pre registration position with Curtis Opticians in Derry City where she completed her studies, and in August 1992 became a member of the British College of Optometrists. Marcella continued to practice with Curtis Opticians until she joined Gamble & Creswell Optometrists in March 1997
Christine A Adams BSc (Hons ) M.C. OPTOM
Christine is a former pupil of Cookstown High School. She completed her A-levels in 2004 and went to Glasgow Caledonian University to study Optometry.
She graduated in 2008 and returned to a Northern Ireland to undertake pre-registration training with Vision Express in Lisburn-becoming a registered optometrist in July 2009.
Christine then worked as a locum optometrist in various practices throughout N. Ireland.She first came to Gamble & Creswell as a locum in December 2011 and joined the practice in October 2013.