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.
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: