I THOUGHT I knew
all there was to know about Townsend House, which once stood in Welsh Row,
Nantwich, including a walled garden, and John Gerard, the Nantwich-born herbalist
who wrote a famous "Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes" which can still be
bought in various forms (search for these on the Internet).
But when I bought two of many
fact-filled booklets produced by Nantwich Museum I began to fill some gaps in
The booklets, pictured here, were written by
Museum volunteers with a particular knowledge and a keen sense of historical
Some are members or volunteers of the museum,
or are members of Nantwich Walled Garden Society, or both.
As is usual with publications, other
people with a knowledge of the subjects of the booklets are acknowledged for
facts and images they have supplied.
I won't go into what the booklets
contain here, but simply recommend that you obtain copies from the museum in
Pillory Street. They are good value for money given the information they
And I would not be surprised if you
leave the museum with copies of other booklets available on the shelves of the
The walled garden and Townsend House booklet
costs £3.95 and the John Gerard one £2.95.