Dr Fred Stoker and the Lost Garden of Loughton, by Richard Morris and Chris Pond
Published by the Alderton Press in 2008, 28 pages. A5 size booklet (N5195P1)
From the rear side cover: Fred Stoker was a surgeon, who came to live in Loughton about 1920. He first lived at Oak Lodge (later No 56) Baldwins Hill, but subsequently purchased an adjoining plot of land of almost five acres in the apex between Baldwins Hill and Goldings Hill, with the Potato Ground allotments as the southern boundary. Here he built a house which he called The Summit, and over the following 15–20 years he and his wife, Mary, developed a garden that became known nationally and internationally.
Dr Stoker died in July 1943, but his wife continued to live at The Summit until her death in 1964. The land was sold in 1971 and an estate of 41 houses built. However, tree preservation orders were imposed on many of the large trees in the garden and it is still possible to identify some of them.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover