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Catillac pear, probably sold by the Perfect Nursery in Pontefract, Yorkshire

A facsimile of ‘A Catalogue of Forest-Trees, Fruit-Trees, Ever-Green and Flowering Shrubs sold by William and John Perfect, nursery-men and seedsmen, in Pontefract, Yorkshire’ dated 1777 appears in John Harvey’s book, Early Gardening Catalogues (Phillimore, 1972). There is more about the Perfects in another book by John Harvey, Early Nurserymen (Phillimore, 1974).

I am researching the history of the Perfects for a friend and hope eventually to publish an article on the Perfects’ nursery business. It goes back to at least 1706, when there is a lovely list of varieties of apples, pears and other fruit trees recommended for the Mellish’s garden at Blyth in Nottinghamshire by Noah Perfect. The business in Pontefract was run by various family members until the early 1800s.

I’d be glad to hear from anyone also researching the family

Jane Cavell

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