Explore Braunton - The Most Biodiverse Parish in England

The Bulb Farm

One of Braunton’s most successful enterprises was that of the Bulb Farm, owned by Seymour Cobley Ltd of Sandy Lane, Braunton. The farm grew a variety of flowers such as daffodils, tulips, iris and gladioli, which were cut and sent to markets all over the world, including Covent Garden market in London. It employed up to 140 men, women and boys, who helped to pack 30,000 flowers per week into boxes, which were then loaded onto trains at Braunton station. 

Largest Company

The company had two other farms in Spalding and Inverurie, which combined to make it probably the largest bulb-growing company in the world during the 1930s.

World War Two

The Braunton farm suffered somewhat during the war, when it was thought that the moonlight glinting on the greenhouse roofs caused an enemy bomber to target it – resulting in a loss of bulbs but thankfully no lives.

The farm ceased to trade in 1969, having traded for nearly half a century.

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