My Father met my mother when he was working at Knight’s Nursery in Hailsham. He drove all over East Sussex delivering fruit vegetables and garden produce. Knight’s Nursery actually once invented a new fruit called the Hailshamberry!
It was first grown in 1911 and was a large, almost ever-green bush with large leaves which protected the fruit – a profusion of red berries which were a cross between a blackberry and a raspberry. According to the advertising, the new fruit ’caused a sensation’ when it was exhibited at the Festival of Empire Great Fruit Show held at Crystal Palace.
They seem to have been popular until the 1940s – are they still about?
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Interesting. I live in Hailsham but have never head of this berry. I will ask around some of my older friends who have lived here all their lives. Even if it still survives, I wonder whether a Hailshamberry plant or fruit would look any different from loganberry, which is also a blackberry/raspberry cross.
I work at Ashburnham Place and recently found a plan of the kitchen garden there from the 1940s which included a bed of Hailshamberry bushes. Thanks for the article about them, I shall include the information in my history talks!