Tag Archives: Roses

Lord & Lady Penzance show their breeding…

Todays post is about a senior Victorian divorce and ecclesiastical court judge who  was a fellow of the Royal Geographical and Anthropological Societies,  and, believe it or not,  a member of the Cannibal Club.  He also thought that Francis Bacon wrote … Continue reading

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A Maiden’s Blush: the first book of Roses

The British Library Rare Books room is not usually the place where people get over-excited, but occasionally there are Eureka moments. Sometimes they’re the result of long patient reference checking when you realise your original hypothesis is true, or ploughing … Continue reading

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Anglesey Abbey

Just under a century ago two wealthy Anglo-American brothers, fanatical about horse racing bought a stud farm near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. They also  wanted to enjoy the life of the huntin’ shootin’ and fishin’ set in the English … Continue reading

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Mrs Delany’s Petticoat

I write about all sorts of strange things on this blog but can’t think of much more obscure than this week’s starting point which is a Georgian firescreen which turns out not to be just a firescreen but part of … Continue reading

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Harry Wheatcroft : the red rose grower

My father was very fond of roses and so I well remember the  flamboyant whiskery figure of Harry Wheatcroft from my childhood. He was everywhere in the press, radio and television, selling and promoting roses, especially new colourful hybrid tea cultivars, … Continue reading

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