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Allwood Brothers

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May 1944.
May 1953.
August 1961.

of Wivelsfield Nurseries, Haywards Heath, Sussex. Telephone: Burgess Hill 262

Three brothers founded the nursery in 1910. Montagu, George and Edward Allwood originally came from Lincolnshire and moved to West Sussex in search of cheap land, which they found in the village of Wivelsfield.

Over the years Allwoods made many, now famous introductions, amongst these were the Allwoodii range, such as Doris, one of the most famous pinks in existance.

1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Floral Carnation Perfume, Skin Foods, Soaps, Hair Pomades, Smelling Crystals, and other toilet requisites. (Stand No. M.60).[1]

After Montagu died in 1958 Allwoods was sold and passed out of the family.

Over the years the firm had many owners with different ideas of how to make a living from it.

The nursery was in a very poor state, being "run-down" for closure but it was bought in time to rescue the famous and unique collection of plants.

In 2001 Allwoods moved from a rented site to settle into Summerfield Nursery.

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Sources of Information

  • [1] Allwoods Website