Esoteric London

No. 1096: Bank End, SE1

Posted in Food, Wildlife by esotericlondon on May 12, 2014

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Bank End, London, SE1. Photo ©RogerDean 2014

Hand-book Of London, Past And Present – Peter Cunningham, 1850:

“The famous Queen Elizabeth’s old Mulberry Tree, with a large head and spacious arms upheld by props like the pages that supported her train, now growing with other large trees of that kind in one of the gardens at Carlisle House in Lambeth Marsh, and full of fruit this July, 1753. It has the most reverend marks of antiquity upon it of any tree I ever saw of the kind. It had been split by the weight of its own shade and fruit, but is braced at the upper part of the trunk with iron. The shade may be near 40 yards in circumference. The fruit is rich. Four  hundred pottles were gathered when I saw it about September that year, and probably another hundred left. The ground all under and about the tree looked as if all bloody by people treading upon the fallen fruit.” – Oldys on Trees, (MS.). 

[Some of you may be interested to know that a pottle is a small conical punnet for strawberries or other fruit. R.D.]

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