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Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 25 Jun 2017, 13:46
by rwhoyle
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.

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 26 Jun 2017, 11:18
by Alan Wadsworth
Not academic, but may give further clues?


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

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 26 Jun 2017, 18:36
by rwhoyle
Thanks Alan - useful stuff.

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 13 Jul 2017, 21:19
by neathouse
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

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 24 Jul 2017, 17:58
by Jose
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)

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 08 Sep 2018, 11:07
by Nutmeg
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.

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 17 Sep 2018, 20:53
by rwhoyle
Dear Nutmeg - my thanks for this which is very interesting. Richard

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 09 Oct 2018, 11:43
by JohnMorgan
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

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 25 May 2019, 22:23
by Nutmeg
A few refs on the website Dukesfield Documents which are still being transcribed. Letter dated 1794 from John Erasmus Blackett to Joseph Dickinson recommends recipe to make bread for the poor mixing rye flour with potatoes.
http://www.dukesfield.org.uk/research/d ... -archives/

Hope they may be of interest

Re: Eighteenth-century potatoes

Posted: 30 May 2019, 08:45
by paulbahs
See index to VCH Shropshire 4. Late C18 stuff is pp.178-9.