Arthur Trower (1855-1937)

Cover of Our Homestead and its Old World Garden (1910)

Cover of Our Homestead and its Old World Garden (1910)

Arthur Trower developed a garden at “Wiggie” in Redhill on land that had formerly been a farmyard.

He wrote a fascinating account of the process of creating his garden and of the visitors that came to see it.

The book, Our Homestead and its Old World Garden (1910) was published by A Treherne, and one of the editions is available for reference at Surrey History Centre.

Reference copies of the book are available at a number of Surrey libraries, click here to see the library catalogue entries.

The house and garden at “Wiggie” no longer remain having been swallowed up by the growth of Redhill, however the Trower family name and that of “Wiggie” survive in some of Redhill’s street names.

In May 1912, J. Kenrick from the Photographic Survey and Record of Surrey photographed two molar of a mammoth (Elephas Primigenius), and some unidentified bone, found on the site of the Frenches Road School, Redhill, in 1897, in Arthur Trower’s possession, see SHC ref 7828/2/122/147-49.

For an abstract of title of Henry and Arthur Trower, from 23 Jan 1891-31 Oct 1892, to land on Wiggey [Wiggie] Lane adjoining Battle Bridge Lane, Redhill, dated 1923, see SHC ref 7231/8/94.

For a notebook of Arthur Trower of ‘Wiggie’, Redhill, dating from 1909 and containing a transcript of another version of William Ridgway’s history of Reigate, see SHC ref 4449/1/14.

For correspondence and papers relating to the development of the Wiggie Estate, Redhill, including sale particulars of shops, houses, cottages, miller’s yard and premises and lock-up garages in Station Road, Earlswood, St John’s Terrace Road, Ladbroke Road, Frenches Road and Elm Road, Redhill and the Redhill Club, 1938 see SHC ref 6128/2/124 [File 634(2)].

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6 thoughts on “Arthur Trower (1855-1937)”

  1. Wendy Ockerby says:

    I am a descendant of the Trower family. My Great, Great Grandmother Was Anne Trower who married John Symonds. I recall reading a history of the Trowers online a few years ago, but now am unable to locate it. I am very interested in learning more of the family. I have purchased the book Arthur Trower wrote about Wiggie Farm and garden. I know that he and two of his siblings never married and that he was a very kind and generous man. I also know that there are several roads that carry the name of Trower. Can you please give me some more information on this branch of my family?
    Wendy Ockerby

    1. Steve Bacon says:

      Hi Wendy. Your great great grandmother Ann had a brother Henry Trower who is my great great grandfather! As we speak I am writing up my research into the Trowers and would be happy to share this with you. We need to be in touch. Good wishes, Steve

      1. Jo Hawkins says:

        For Steve Bacon
        My maternal grandmother was a Trower, born 1889, a direct relative of Arthur’s. We have a first edition of ‘Our Homestead ..’. My mother, 96, would love to know more about your research. I’ll ask Surrey History Centre for help in getting in touch with you.
        Jo Hawkins

  2. David Young says:

    My great grandfather was Alfred George, a gardener in Reigate. He died in 1940. My grandmother was born at South Park in 1896. My great grandfather seems to have been contemporary with Arthur Trower and I am wondering if there is any information on my ggfather in his books. The Rance family is also related to me through Alfred George’s wife, my ggmother. Any information on these names will be gratefully received.


    David Young
    Victoria, BC, Canada

  3. Wayne Morris says:

    My company started out in 1945 and the address was wiggie works, redhill. The property does not seem to exist anymore, could it have belonged to wiggie house?

  4. Lawrence Remmel says:

    The Scented Garden by Eleanor Sinclair Rohde has a discussion of Wiggie Hall and the gardeners who worked there (Daniel Gumbrell) at p. 54. Also a brief discussion of George Eliot visiting and taking rosemary for her own garden.

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