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Gardener Fined for Planting Potatoes without a License

While going through some very old newspapers I came across this interesting article from 16th October 1915.


Job Culverhouse, gardener, Treherbert, was summoned at the instance of the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries for planting potatoes in his garden without a licence. Mr. H. V. Taylor, Inspector under the Board for South Wales and the South West of England, who prosecuted, stated that he had visited every allotment plot in the Rhondda with a specific object re: stamping out wart disease amongst potatoes.

In August last year he was at the Tynewydd, Treherbert, Allotment Gardens, and found that defendant had planted three kinds of potatoes. He had not been granted a licence. Defendant was not present when the inspection took place. He (witness) was accompanied by Mr. Charles Yeo, Horticultural Demonstrator for Glamorgan, and P.S. Brimson. Defendant admitted planting the potatoes without a licence, but said that lie had a guarantee with them.

Inspector Taylor informed the Bench that the Board which he represented had in some areas issued an order that only certain kinds of potatoes might be planted, which were immune from wart disease, Treherbert and Ystrad being affected by it. The Stipendiary told the defendant lie had acted stupidly and stubbornly in the matter. It had been complained from time to time that Government Departments did not give sufficient advice. In this case defendant could not say he had not been warned. As it was the first case of the kind in the court he would be dealt with leniently, and pay the small fine of 10s.


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One comment

  1. Fascinating. I get the idea the guy was quite belligerent – good on him. ‘Growing Potatoes without a Licence’ would be a great name for a blog 😉

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