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1838: Soil kills primroses claim villagers

In Cuckfield, Suffolk [!], there is not a single wild primrose to be found; while the hedgerows in the extreme boundaries of the contiguous parishes appear decorated in the proper season. The villagers declare, that in the fatal soil of Cuckfield the modest primrose sickens and dies, whatever attention may be paid to its culture.

Globe, 27 September 1838

Photograph from Wikimedia public domain image.

Contributed by Malcolm Davison.



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