Meldreth's Orchards

In the 1850s there was a substantial increase in the acreage of fruit planted. Apples and greengages were widely grown.  This could be attributed to the development of the railway passing through Meldreth in 1851 giving the fruit growers access to the London wholesale markets.

Page link: Memories of Meldreth Orchards in the 1920s by Sarah Butler.
Memories of Meldreth Orchards in the 1920s by Sarah Butler.
Daily routine of a fruit picker in the early 20th Century
Page link: Memories of Fruit Picking in the 1940s
Memories of Fruit Picking in the 1940s
From an interview with Gladys Clarke in 2008
Page link: Meldreth Orchards in the 1960s
Meldreth Orchards in the 1960s
Terry Dash's memories of fruit picking at Chiswick Farm, Chiswick End
Page link: Bird Scaring Duty
Bird Scaring Duty
- Dennis Pepper remembers his childhood job of stopping the birds from stealing the cherries.