The cover of Alfred Smee's book My Garden

The cover of Alfred Smee’s book:
My Garden

A chemist, surgeon and an enthusiastic amateur gardener and horticultralist who wrote a book about his garden in My Garden (1872). He describes the planting of the garden at “The Grange” in Wallington on the banks of the River Wandle as well as the natural history and archaeology of the area.  Fragments of Alfred Smee’s ornamental garden and some trees survive in Beddington Park. In his book Smee describes in some detail the damage done by pests and parasites as well as untreated effluent from a local sewerage works.

Copies of Alfred Smee’s book, My garden : its plan and culture, are held in the Surrey History Centre’s local studies collection, click here to see the library catalogue entry.

Garden Plan from Alfred Smee's book <em>My Garden</em>

Garden Plan from Alfred Smee’s book My Garden

Two other books by Alfred Smee are available in the Surrey History Centre reference collection. Details can be found on the Surrey Library Catalogue by following these links:

Instinct and Reason : deduced from Electro-biology.

A copy of a published collection of Smee’s scientific papers and letters.

2 Responses to Alfred Smee (1818-1877)

  1. Tony Price says:

    The Carshalton & Sutton History and Archaeology Society commence their 2016 Archaeological Dig on 1st August. The excavation is going to be on the site of Alfred Smee’s fernery house at The Grange. It is part of the Beddington Park HLF project and the main aim is to understand the structure to see if it can be better interpreted. (See

  2. Fascinating article – do you know if AS is related to the Smee family whose grave is in Brockley & Ladywell cemeteries – below are names on memorial inscription.


    Cecil Harold SMEE d1895 78
    Alfred Charles SMEE d1915 54
    Ada SMEE

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