Braunton Bulb Farm, by Terry Taylor
Booklet published by the Braunton & District Museum in 2007, 80 pages. A5 size booklet (N6093X2)
This booklet provides a fascinating history of the bulb farm that used to operate in the North Devon village of Braunton, which itself sits a few miles west of Barnstaple.
From the first inside page: From 1923 until 1969 Seymour Cobley Ltd. grew bulbs, potatoes and other crops at Sandy Lane Farm, Braunton. The Company, over the years, owned other farms, one at Warsash in Hampshire, which was sold in the early 1940's, one at Spalding in Lincolnshire, which was sold in 1963, and another one at lnverurie in Scotland, which were still part of Seymour Cobley Ltd. when the company closed in 1969. In this booklet we get a glimpse of a company that was not only important to the economy of North Devon, especially in the years between the wars, but who also played an important part in the growth of the British bulb growing industry. Sections in the booklet include:
Setting up in North Devon
Improving the Soil
The Farm Buildings
The Growth of Sandy Lane Farm
The War years 1939 - 1945
Post War Years 1946 - 1969
Awards and Achievements
Memories of the Bulb Farm
The condition of the booklet is generally good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side.