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Links & Resources

Orchards and Fruit

British to the Core - BBC 4 documentary about British apples presented by Chris Beardshaw


Family Orchards - article by Dr Rupert Sheldrake - Resurgence & Ecologist Journal Sept/Oct 2013 

The Age of Fruit Trees - informative article on the history of old fruit trees by Bernwode Fruit Trees

Warner's King Apple Blossom Unfolding - a beautiful time-lapse YouTube video by Neil Bromhall 


Allotment Gardens

Hill Close Gardens: The Unique Hedged Gardens of Warwick - These beautifully-restored gardens share a very similar history to ours in Waterfurlong.

The People's Land: The Rise and Fall of the Guinea Garden - article by the late Professor Chris Upton - originally published in the Birmingham Post

Stamford Gardens and Allotments - article by Jean Orpin and Sue Lee -  Stamford Living April 2018 

Stamford Horticultural Society

History of Stamford


Bradcroft, A Hidden Place In Rutland  - article by Professor Alan Rogers - Rutland Local History & Record Society Newsletter Apr 2011


From Albion to Woolpack, an historical look at Stamford's Breweries and Watering Holes  - article by Al Tutt (the author used to work at Stamford museum)

The History of the George of Stamford 


The Stamford Bull Run - article by Customs Demised

Taking The Bull By The Horns - article by Richard Lowe-Lauri - History Today 10 October 2012


Burghley - book by Lady Victoria Leatham, Jon Culverhouse and Dr Eric Till. Published by Heritage House Group, 2010.

Burghley House - The Curious House Guest, Series 1 Episode 5 - BBC video

Phil Spencer's Stately Homes - Episode 1, Burghley House - Channel 4 video

Note: there is also a 2013 documentary on Burghley in Julian Fellowes's (author of Downton Abbey) 'Great Houses' series, which might be available in your area.


Stamford Barn Hill Wesleyan Methodist Chapel - Lincolnshire archives

The Stained Glass of All Saints Parish Church, Stamford - book by Rachel Arnold - published by The Choir Press, 2016.


The Open Field System of an Urban Community: Stamford in the Nineteenth Century - article by Stuart Elliott


Stamford in 50 Buildings - book by Chris Davies - published by Amberley Publishing - 2017


Stamford Local History Society

Stamford Mercury: Three Centuries of Newspaper Publishing - book by David Newton and Martin Smith - published by Paul Watkins' Publishing, 1999

Stamford Through Time - book by Chris Davies -  published by Amberley Publishing, 2010 -features photographs of old Stamford with modern counterparts

The Book of Stamford - book by Alan Rogers - published by Barracuda Books - 1983

The Story of Stamford - book by Martin Smith - printed in 1994 by unknown publisher - usually available from Amazon.


John Marriott Blashfield and The Stamford Terracotta Company - article by Lincs to the Past

MEDIEVAL STAMFORD - not specific to Stamford (or the UK), but a fascinating website and accompanying blog about every aspect of medieval food and cooking. 

Noble Merchant: William Browne (c1410 - 1489) - book by Alan Rogers - published by Abramis Academic Publishing, 2012. You can also watch a lecture on William Browne by Professor Rogers on YouTube. 

People and Property in Medieval Stamford - book by Alan Rogers - published by Abramis Academic Publishing, 2012.

Stamford and Magna Carta - transcript of a lecture given to Stamford Local History Society by Dr Henry Summerson in 2015. Dr Summerson also has a book, Stamford and Magna Carta - the Start of the Road to Runnymede, Abramis Academic Publishing, 2015.

Stamford in Domesday Book - transcript of a lecture given to Stamford Local History Society by Dr David Roffe in 2018. Dr Roffe has written a number of books, pamphlets and articles about Domesday

The Brazenose Site in Stamford - article by Nicholas J Sheehan - Stamford Local History Society 2013

The Other Orders: The Carmelite, Augustinian, Sack and Pied Friars in the Middle Ages - book by Frances Andrews - published by Boydell Press - not specific to Stamford but relevant to the town's history


A Cake For Every Day: The Story of Asker's Bakery

The Cecils' Monopoly of Milling in Stamford 1561 - 1640 - article by Dr D L Thomas - Stamford Local History Society

River Welland -  book by Dorothea Price - published by Amberley Publishing - about the river, including its water mills


The Seceders: The story of J.C.Philpot and William Tiptaft - book by Joseph Henry Philpot - published by Banner of Truth Trust - 1961. J C Philpot was a renowned Victorian Baptist preacher, who lived in Rutland Terrace.


Nelson Dawson: Arts & Crafts Designer, Enameller and Metal Worker - article by Lincs to the Past


Stamford Boys

Website dedicated to the boys of Stamford born between 1895 and 1900, many of whom fought in the First World War. Includes biographical information and many photographs.

Stamford Voices - book by Judith Spelman - published by Tempus Publishing Limited - local people's memories of old Stamford

Tunes of Glory: the Life of Malcolm Sargent - book by Richard Aldous - published by Hutchinson - 2001 (also available on Kindle).


Ermine Street: A Journey Through Roman Britain - article on H2G2


Stamford in 1850 - A Nineteenth Century Portrait of an Ancient Town by E Hodgkinson and L Tebbutt - book published by Dolby Brothers in 1954 (hard to buy but Stamford library holds a copy)

Nature and Conservation



Blooms For Bees Bumblebees in gardens and allotments

Stamford & Bourne Beekeepers' Association


East Midlands Butterfly Conservation - our local branch of the charity Butterfly Conservation 


Froglife  - a Peterborough-based,  national wildlife charity committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles

Other Local Connections

10 Rutland Terrace Bed & Breakfast

Run by Lucy Roe and featured on TV, former owners Henry and Sophia Johnson were two of our Victorian gardening predecessors. 

Friends of Barnack Hills and Holes

The Hills and Holes has half the surviving limestone grassland in Cambridgeshire and is rich in rare wild flowers, such as pasque flowers and orchids. It is also an excellent place to spot glow-worms.


Bernwode Fruit Trees: stocks an enormous variety of container-grown, heritage fruit trees. Nursery in Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire. Online ordering not available. Their knowledge is probably unparalleled and their site contains a wealth of valuable information.

Groves Dorset Violets: specialists in sweet violets and Parma violets. Groves holds the national collection of sweet violets.

Habitat Aid: supply native British trees, plants and seeds, sourced from small, British nurseries, growers and harvesters. Half their profits from online sales go to small UK conservation charities.

Keepers' Nursery: a specialist fruit tree nursery stocking over 600 varieties. Plants supplied bare-rooted in late autumn and winter. Online ordering. Useful pollination 

partner facility on their website.

R V Roger Ltd: a long-established traditional family nursery in Yorkshire. Excellent range of fruit trees including the rare Stamford apple Brown's Seedling.

Walcot Organic Nursery: a fully organic nursery in the Vale of Evesham specialising in plums, gages and damsons and also supplying apples, pears, cherries, quinces and soft fruit. Bare-rooted trees available to order online.

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