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A visit to a flower show in Dean’s Yard

Join me on a visit to a working people’s flower show, held in the quiet square of Dean’s Yard in Westminster in 1883, to find out why window-gardening was encouraged by social reformers in the Victorian era.

Flower Missions of the East End

Discover the Spitalfields ‘Home of Industry’ where flowers were sent by train from the countryside to be distributed by the women of the Bible Flower Mission amongst the poor of the East End.

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.

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Henry VIII’s Lost Palaces: Oatlands Palace

Take a tour of the remains of Oatlands Palace, a favourite later residence of Henry VIII, which was demolished in 1650. We will explore the history of this once great palace, which witnessed one of the king’s six weddings.