Amazing Photo of John Swan's Premises
If you enjoyed our piece on Victorian gardener and local veterinary surgeon John Swan, you'll be interested in this fantastic photo of his Wharf Road premises, courtesy of Frank Newbon's History of Stamford Facebook page.
In 1880 John's home and surgery were devastated by the great July flood. He lost £150 in stock and his poor horse nearly drowned. John never really recovered financially and was still working at the age of 80, months before he died in Stamford's 1891 influenza epidemic.
Wharf Road was a busy part of the town in those days, with coal barges being unloaded at its quay and materials and goods transported to and from Blashfield's terracotta factory.
In this Victorian painting, we see not only John's property but also the cold frames in which he grew his prized melons and cucumbers. Nearby are some of Blashfield's kilns and in the distance is the old Albert Bridge and the East Station.