Fruit Farming in the Cam Valley
The perfect Christmas present for those interested in the history of the Cam Valley.
Written by Shepreth resident and local historian, Jonathan Spain, this book records the history of fruit farming in the Cam valley whilst it is still within living memory, drawing on the personal experiences of fruit growers, fruit pickers and extensive archival research.
Part One: the origins and development of the fruits grown in the Cam Valley including the Cambridge Gage, other plums, apples, pears and soft fruits; connecting the Cam Valley to the global history of fruit.
Part Two: a detailed survey of the main fruit-growing villages plus a chapter on the social history – describing working life in the orchards and the ways in which fruit was celebrated in village activities.
Part Three: the economic history – whilst there was a long tradition of small scale fruit-growing in the district, from the 1880s there emerged a significant commercial fruit industry, supplying the increased demand for fruit in rapidly expanding towns and cities, made possible by the creation of the railway network. The rise of the jam industry was also a significant factor, with the extraordinary success of the Chivers Factory at Histon, which stimulated an increase in plums and soft fruit cultivation.
For more information on the book and how to order, go to my blog site: jonathanspain.wordpress.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org