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Skirrow & Son Opticians

First established circa 1905, Skirrow & Son Opticians was run by Mr Skirrow and Mr Seddon (John Seddon’s father).  The College of Optometrists online “MusEYEum” displays a sample letterhead dating back to this period.  It can be viewed in full by clicking here and also is displayed below.

The stationery is for a Chemist & Ophthalmic Optician named FJ Skirrow, of Westhoughton, Lancashire.


Seddons Opticians

Mr John Seddon inherited Skirrow Opticians from his father and continued to serve the community as Seddon’s Opticians.  Married to Elaine, also an optometrist, the couple went onto own 3 practices in the local area.  They were very likeable people and established themselves well within their community, becoming a great influence on the surrounding area.

Sadly John passed away in 2016,  and just 2 years later Elaine retired from the optical industry.

The Current Team

As successors to John and Elaine, it was important that the current owners, Musab and Naeemunisha, took over and continued to run the business with the same standards and ethos that had served the community so well for so many years before them; a family-centred eyecare service at the heart of the Atherton community. Even better is the fact that they run the business as a husband and wife team, a team who between them have been practicing as optometrists for over 20 years.

Seddons Opticians Today

Meet the team

Musab and Naeemunisha Patel took over the ownership of Seddons Opticians in 2019.  Following in similar footsteps to John & Elaine Seddon, they continue to run Seddons Opticians as a family business, working for the community of Atherton.

Click “Meet The Team” to find out more

Meet The Team