Tolworth Apple Store: Committe meeting to discuss the petition
Last Tuesday- at a full meeting of the council - a petition containing 518 signatures, which was gathered to determine a positive future for the Tolworth Apple Store, was formerly debated. The building was described with the assistance of photographs:
Not in a great state of repair, with three courses of tiles missing from
around the roof line, as can be seen in the photo. When the use of the site was
intensified to take an additional static home, there was damage to the face
brickwork. There is a structural crack above the
gothic front entrance.
Other boroughs have researched their own fruit heritage and previous posts have covered the massive story of market gardening in Hounslow, Isleworth, Twickenham and Hampton. The exhibition 'Jam Today, Jam Yesterday' (The Environment Trust) is a good starting point and has been covered in previous posts. The E.T. researched local market gardeners including R.D. Blackmore, who moved for his health to Hampton Wick- the Blackmore Farm is now Squires Garden Centre. His first house was at 25 Lower Teddington Road.
Later he acquired land in Teddington and built a residence, which he named Gomer House, apparently after a favourite dog. Here he proposed to start a market garden to supply fruit to London. His western boundary adjoined land acquired by the South Western Railway Company for the construction of the line connecting Twickenham with Kingston.