Wheathampstead Heritage: Virtual Museum Exhibit

Wright’s Nurseries
19th Century
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Nursery founded in the 19th century that supplied vegetables to Covent Garden

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Wright's Nurseries, established in the 19th century, produced cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuces.

The produce was taken by horse and cart to Wheathampstead railway station bound for Covent Garden and other London markets. Travelling in the opposite direction was elephant dung, transported from London Zoo for use as fertiliser at the nurseries.


Many of the greenhouses still remain and the water tower, used for crop irrigation, continues to dominate the skyline.


The Wrights set up a second nursery in Dyke Lane, in the south of Wheathampstead.  It is now the site of a housing estate.

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Date Created: 20/03/2014 18:57:24, by: Richard   Date last edited: 22/04/2014 10:23:13, by: Richard

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