1902 photos of lavender harvest

The lavender harvest. From photographs taken at Mitcham, Surrey, during the latter part of August.

Source: The Sketch – Wednesday 10 September 1902 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)

Cutters at work. This lavender is growing on four-year-old roots.

Cutters at work. This lavender is growing on four-year-old roots.

In the track of the reapers

In the track of the reapers

Collecting and placing the lavender in mats

Collecting and placing the lavender in mats

Pegging up the mats full of lavender

Pegging up the mats full of lavender

Carrying the mats of lavender to the waggon

Carrying the mats of lavender to the waggon

Loading the waggon with lavender for the distillery, where the essential oil is extracted

Loading the waggon with lavender for the distillery, where the essential oil is extracted

2 thoughts on “1902 photos of lavender harvest

  1. Alan

    Nice to see the photos of the Lavender Cutters at work. Pity the locations of these lavender fields were not mentioned. Presumably they might have been around Lavender Avenue or is that just a red herring.

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  2. Wade Post author

    the original newspaper article just said “from photographs taken at Mitcham”, but bear in mind Mitcham covered a wider area then, more than just the ‘CR4’ it is thought of today! The ‘Pegging up the mats’ photo looks a bit too hilly to be Lavender Avenue area.

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