• Selling coppice almost 200 years ago

    Latest piece of wonderful ephemera acquired for the archive collection is this auction notice for Oak and Ash Coppice around Ledbury, Herefordshire back in 1822. Printed on incredibly thin paper it's a miracle that it survived. Note the use of so many different fonts - a typical feature of such posters from the 19th century. I know for a fact that some of these woods still exist. Frith Wood is a large wood above Ledbury and Astwood is a small block of woodland near Aylton, just a couple of miles from Ledbury. I plan to try and track down some of the other names. I particularly like the way that whoever once owned this has scribbled the prices realised at the sale plus the names of the individual buyers. A unique and truly fascinating piece of social history!


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