Flea market discovery leads to diary launch

PUBLISHED: 12:51 14 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:51 31 May 2010

Back from left, Susan Kelleher, English Heritage, Amelia Donaldson, Mr Cresswell’s great great granddaughter, Patricia Beatrice Rabot, Mr Cresswell’s great granddaughter, Nick Hill, English Heritage, and front, Margaret Cresswell Crosland, Mr Cresswell’s

Back from left, Susan Kelleher, English Heritage, Amelia Donaldson, Mr Cresswell's great great granddaughter, Patricia Beatrice Rabot, Mr Cresswell's great granddaughter, Nick Hill, English Heritage, and front, Margaret Cresswell Crosland, Mr Cresswell's

A FASCINATING book shedding light on 19th century gardening practices was launched at Audley End House and Gardens last week. Diary of a Victorian Gardener features the journal of William Cresswell, kept for more than two years, when he worked in the gard

A FASCINATING book shedding light on 19th century gardening practices was launched at Audley End House and Gardens last week.

Diary of a Victorian Gardener features the journal of William Cresswell, kept for more than two years, when he worked in the gardens of Audley

End House.

The information in the diary proved invaluable when English Heritage undertook the restoration of the Kitchen Garden at the house.

English Heritage's Lyn Hemming said that the launch had gone very well.

"We were delighted to welcome relatives of William Cresswell to the event, including Margaret Cresswell, who remembers meeting her great uncle, William, when she was just 12 years old.

"We enjoyed a gloriously sunny afternoon and everyone shared in the joy of this very handsome new publication."

William Cresswell's diary was found by chance in a flea market in Covent Garden, by David Baxter.

Mr Baxter, after realising the significance of his discovery, handed the book to English Heritage to help with all the restoration work.

The 96-page Diary of a Victorian Gardener is available from Audley End House and all good bookshops priced at £14.99.

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