Long Melford

Explore #35: Hartsbuckle Farm, Liston, near Long Melford, Suffolk – February 2014

As I parked up to explore Bush Boake Allen I saw that the modest-looking farm buildings on the opposite side of the road were sporting some Herras fencing. Any sort of fencing/boarding/scaffolding is pure explorer catnip, but I decided that I would investigate further once I’d explored my primary target of the Bush Boake Allen site – I didn’t want to have an angry farmer telling me to clear off before I’d even got started! From browsing the excellent old…

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Explore #34: Bush Boake Allen, near Long Melford, Suffolk – February 2014

Another fairly local site which has been on my list of “to do”s for a while. Stafford Allen set up a farm and factory on the outskirts of Long Melford in 1899 to make natural pharmaceuticals, condiments and perfumes by milling herbs and spices, many of them grown on the spot. These included belladona, digitalis, liquorice and peppermint. The factory also milled imported ginger and pepper, a variety of gums and other spices, and made food flavouring essences (butter, almond,…

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