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The Daffodil Train

Follow the Great Western Railway from Penzance to Paddington with its ‘perishable’ trains which carried fish and flowers to market from the 1860s, transforming the landscape and fortunes of the temperate Scilly Isles.

The flower shows of Bloomsbury

Visit the window-gardens of nineteenth century Herbrand Street to explore why an experimental flower show in 1860 was thought to be a solution for the poor living conditions of the working-class parishioners of St George’s, Bloomsbury.

Flowers at the East End Maternity Hospital

Discover the work of Miranda and Octavia Hill’s Kyrle Society, and their mission to ‘bring beauty home to the people’ in the late-nineteenth century.

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The Gravel Pit Chapel

The Gravel Pit Chapel was home to a radical religious congregation, now buried in a walled-off graveyard in Hackney.