This map gives a historical overview of the extent of orchards in London in the 1890s- with a noticeable concentration of orchards in South-West London. It shows the importance of orchards to feed the capital in late Victorian times.
This map is based on a review of Ordnance Survey maps of 1894-1897, at the British Library. Not all maps were reviewed so this map is likely to underestimate the extent of orchards in the areas not reviewed. The approximate outline of the area reviewed is also shown.
Let us know if you know of an orchard from the 1890s that should be on this map but isn't- but please note it will need to be from that period, or this map is likely to get a bit confusing...
Or if you have old pictures or illustrations of orchards or orchard related activities (eg, cider making) from the late Victorian era/ early 20th century from your local area, we would love to see these!
Get in touch at heritage [at] thelondonorchardproject [dot] org
We are currently developing a leaflet and some information on our orchard heritage which will be available online soon.
For current orchards in London, have a look here and find out how you can get involved in surveying and restoration work.