SX4165 : Halton Quay and Tamar valley market gardening

taken 46 years ago, near to Halton Quay, Cornwall, Great Britain

Halton Quay and Tamar valley market gardening
Halton Quay and Tamar valley market gardening
View north-west across the river. The still-active St Indract's Chapel stands on the quay, with the lime kilns to the left and a market garden to the right. This whole area was intensively cultivated with an intricate patchwork of strawberries, daffodils (famous for the double whites), anemones, iris, vegetables, rhubarb and pittosporum. At the height of the season in the 1950s, it supported an industry of ten thousand people. Trade rapidly dropped off in the 1960s. Today there are perhaps only thirty growers left in the valley and the National Trust is helping to preserve some parts. Sad to think that we now have to import most of our flowers from abroad. Several generations of my father's family worked this land and we often visited the quay when I was child, not least to watch net-based salmon fishing.
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SX4165, 24 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
September 1971   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 2 February, 2008
Category
Quay   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 413 655 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:28.0743N 4:14.1873W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 413 653
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