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James Hornby Archive

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  • 1854-2018

Personal papers of James Hornby 1870-1872; birth and death certificates for the Elton family; Letters, predominantly to Mary Hornby after James Hornby's death, 1896-1913; Press article 1900; Photographs of James Hornby, the Elton family and H...

Hornby, James, 1840-1902, horticulturalist


An original embroidered sampler, made by ten-year-old Mary Cupit, and a modern reproduction of the sampler created in January 2018.


A herbarium of various fern species, dated 1866, and inscribed 'Mary S Cottingham, from Mr Scrimshaw, Chatsworth 1866'.

Diary of Operations in the Gardens of Heslington Hall

James Hornby's Diary of Operations covers August 1870 - June 1872, the first year and a half of his 32 year employment as Head Gardener at Heslington Hall. It showcases the beginning of the changes in the gardens at the Hall, beginning with a...

Hornby, James, 1840-1902, horticulturalist

Formula to skeletonise leaves

A single sheet of notes containing Hornby's formula to skeletonise leaves. Skeletonising leaves was in vogue during Victorian times and involved soaking plant material, removing the fleshy parts and leaving the epidermis, or skeleton. James H...

Hornby, James, 1840-1902, horticulturalist

Mary Milnes Hornby and Annie Cupit

Mary Milnes Hornby (left) standing beside Annie Cupit (seated). Annie's mother is standing to the right of her daughter. This photograph was taken on the occasion of Annie moving from Islington to Heslington to live with the Hornbys.

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