Sara Tenneson writes:
During the visit by members of the GHS to Knighton Wood in Woodford on 7 July, it was suggested that the 40-acre woodland had been planted by a ‘skilled craftsman’ in the picturesque style; with grouping of native trees planted on mounds. The name of William Barron was proposed and further research also indicates that it could be Barron. The making of the garden dates from 1863, and still has significant plantings of rhododendrons, Highclere holly and bamboos, together with a Pulham Rock Bank. There are no family records existing that could identify the ‘skilled craftsman’ and there appear to be no records for William Barron and Son of the Elvaston Nurseries in Borrowash.
Does anyone have any information about William Barron and Son working in the South East, ie London, Essex, or other South Eastern counties in the period from 1863 to the late 1880s?
Contact Sara Tenneson: 020 8505 8558