Lost Fuchsia: C. N. May

12/03/2018

C. N. May (Charles Neale May, born in Reading). Mr May was instrumental in resurrecting the Devizes Flower Show, in 1880 (Devizes Horticultural Society). In 1882 the show was held on the 7th August at Roundway Park, the residence of C. E. Colston, Esq.

Charles May founded with Mr Brown, ‘Brown and May’ a North Wiltshire Foundry based in Devizes in 1854, which was the largest employer in the area, and exported its machinery all over the world. Charles was Mayor of Devizes in 1868. By 1871 he and his wife lived at Spittlecroft House.

In 1889 he was listed as a Director of ‘The North Wilts Dairy Company Limited’, of Elm Lodge, Devizes and was a JP (Justice of the Peace) for the borough of Devizes. Charles died in 1908 and is buried at St. James, Southbroom, Devizes. During the period 1891-1908 he appears to be living Seaton, East Devon.

The Fuchsia Cultivar ‘C. N. May’ appears in the following nursery catalogues, W J Bull, B S Williams, John Forbes. We would love to see images of these catalogue entries.

We hope that our fuchsia #detectives will help us find more information about this #fuchsia cultivar including information relating to its first listing or when it was last seen or listed in a #nursery catalogue. Any information you can share will help others in the search.

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