Eighteenth-century potatoes

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rwhoyle
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Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by rwhoyle » 25 Jun 2017, 13:46

References sought to experiments on growing potatoes in the eighteenth century, whether for human or animal consumption and especially potatoes being recommended as a food for the poor.

Alan Wadsworth
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by Alan Wadsworth » 26 Jun 2017, 11:18

Not academic, but may give further clues?


http://blog.catherinedelors.com/potatoe ... evolution/

rwhoyle
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by rwhoyle » 26 Jun 2017, 18:36

Thanks Alan - useful stuff.

neathouse
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by neathouse » 13 Jul 2017, 21:19

Richard

Richard- the earliest reference to eating potatoes in the Old bailey records is:

Ann Wentland, Mary Harvey, Theft > pocketpicking, 19th April 1732.

Reference Number: t17320419-7

Archibald Paydon . Ann Wentland was at my House, the Black-Lion in Petticoat-Lane, from 11 o'Clock in the Morning till 3 in the Afternoon, on the 17th of March. I remember the Day of the Month, because it was St. Patrick's Day; and I gave away Salt-Fish and Potatoes to my Customers.

[significantly the publican was Irish.]

Malcolm

Jose
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by Jose » 24 Jul 2017, 17:58

Dear Professor Hoyle,
In Girona, we are investigating about the potato in the eighteenth century, if you are interested I can send you information.
The first comments about its use in Catalonia in the eighteenth century.
We are also doing an exhibition on this subject near my house
http://culturamataro.cat/ca/agenda/arti ... resme-8405
(Sorry for my poor written English)

Nutmeg
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by Nutmeg » 08 Sep 2018, 11:07

A reference which does not seem to be found when searching British Newspaper Archive for potato: Newcastle Courant 10/8/1765 page 2 column 2 - re increasing growth of potatoes around Newcastle. Mentions that it is 'a seasonable relief to the poor at all times; but more especially so, when bread corn is at the present exorbitant price'. Suggests establishing a market for potatoes would mean cheaper potatoes for the poor (rather than selling through 'engrossers' such as hucksters and retailers). No name subscribed. Sorry I don't have the full text.

rwhoyle
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by rwhoyle » 17 Sep 2018, 20:53

Dear Nutmeg - my thanks for this which is very interesting. Richard

JohnMorgan
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Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Post by JohnMorgan » 09 Oct 2018, 11:43

Hello Richard,
I can't help directly, but am aware that Prof. Rebecca Earle (Warwick) has been working on potatoes in the eighteenth century for the past few years. She may know https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/cas/staff/earle/
John

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