Title: Arboretum et fruticetum Britannicum; or, The trees and shrubs of Britain, native and foreign, hardy and half-hardy, pictorially and botanically delineated, and scientifically and popularly described; with their propagation, culture, management, and uses in the arts, in useful and ornamental plantations, and in landscape-gardening; preceded by a historical and geographical outline of the trees and shrubs of temperate climates throughout the world
Year: 1854 (1850s)
Authors: Loudon, J. C. (John Claudius), 1783-1843
Subjects: Trees Shrubs Plants
Publisher: London, Henry G. Bohn
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical garden
Digitizing Sponsor: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical garden
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famous in his time for its chestnut trees; and the town ofCheshunt, in Hertfordshire, is supposed to have derived its name from thenumber of chestnut trees that formerly grew there. Old Tusser, in 1562,enumerates chestnuts, in his list of fruit trees which may be transplanted inJanuary; and Lord Bacon mentions the chestnut in his Essai/ on Plantations.The tree, however, if once plentiful, appears soon to have become compara-tive scarcely; for the author of a tract entitled An old Thrift newly revived,published in 1612, recommends planting the chestnut as a kind of timbertree of which few grow in England; and which, he adds, will not only pro-duce large and excellent good timber, but good fruit, that poore people,in time of dearth, may, with a small quantitie of oats or barley, make bread of.He also says that a chestnut tree, when you begin first to plant it, will growmore in one yeare, than an oake will doe in two. (p. 7.) Mr. Samuel Hartlib, VUAV. cv, fORYi,.V:i:/i:. casia^nka. 1989
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who wrote some jears aitci wards, says, In divers places of Kent, as in andabout Gravesend, in the countrey, and elsewhere, very many prime timbers oftheir old barns and houses are of chestnut wood; and yet there is now scarcea chestnut tree within 20 miles of the place, and the people altogether ignorantof such trees. This sheweth that in former times those places did aboundwith such timber. (Lcgari/, &c , p. 18.) A proof how early the idea pre-vailed of the wood of t^uercus sessiliflora being that of the chestnut. Inthe year 1676, an ancestor of the family of Wyndham of Felbrigg, in Nor-folk, was said to be a great Planter of chestnuts; and some account of histrees will be found in a succeeding page. The tree, however, was compara-tively neglected, till towards the latter end of the last century; when theSociety of Arts, reviving the idea (which, as we have seen above, was cur-rent as long ago as the time of Henry VIII.), that the carpentry of many ofour old buildings consisted
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