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The History of the Fagaceae at Caerhays Castle

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Béatrice Chassé

Published May 2017 in International Oaks No. 28: 151–166


In September 2015, I was contacted by Charles Williams, who had prepared a review of the history of the oaks at Caerhays and thought, justly so, that it would be an interesting subject for this Journal. As I looked through the historical references I thought that indeed it would be exciting to visit Caerhays, and we agreed on the first week of June 2016.


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Bean, W.J. 1973. Trees & Shrubs Hardy In The British Isles. Eighth Edition Revised. Volume II. London : John Murray (Publishers) Ltd.

Forbes, F.B., and W.B. Hemsley. 1886. An Enumeration of all the Plants known from China Proper, Formosa, Hainan, Corea, the Luchu Archipelago, and the Island of Hongkong, together with their Distribution and Synonymy. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 23(151): 81-162.

Gibbs, V. 1919. Oaks at Aldenham. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society XLV: 155-223.

Gothein, M.L. (1928) 2014. A History of Garden Art. London: J.M. Dent and Sons. Reprint: Cambridge University Press. Citations refer to the Cambridge edition.

Le Lievre, A. 1986. An Account of the Garden at Aldenham House and of its Makers: Henry Hucks Gibbs, Vicary Gibbs and Edwin Beckett. Garden History 14(2): 173-193.

Warburg, O., and E.F. Warburg. 1933. Oaks in Cultivation in the British Isles. Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society LVIII: 176-196.

Williams, C. 2016. The Origins of the Oak Collection at Caerhays. (Manuscript received from the author; available at http://www.caerhays.co.uk/UserFiles/File/Origins_of_Oaks_at_Caerhays_CGS_2016.pdf 

Williams, C., P. Herring, J. Parsons, C. Smale, and S. Tyrrell. 2011. Caerhays Castle. England: Pasticcio Ltd.

Williams, F.J. 1998. J.C. Williams. An Enthusiast. Presidential Address to Royal Institute of Cornwall, November 1998. http://www.caerhays.co.uk/page.cfm?page=fjw_article 

Wilson, E.H., and C.S. Sargent. 1913. Plantae Wilsonianae. An Enumeration of the Woody Plants Collected In Western China for the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University During the Years 1907, 1908 and 1910. Vol. I. Cambridge: The University Press.