Correspondence, photographs, press cuttings and publications relating to posts held by Arthur Woodward and charting his career path

Scope and Content

These papers were originally housed in a single folder labelled ‘Testimonials and references from Leyland Park on’ [ie onwards]. The folder was repackaged into two folders. Original order maintained (broadly chronological). Some papers relate to the Second World War

*An article reprinted from ‘The Architectural Review’, entitled ‘Trees’, by Peter Shepheard, 1956, was removed from this folder and transferred to Printed Collections in Nov 2014; a publication, ‘Richmond upon Thames in the year of her Majesty’s Jubilee 1977’, was removed from this folder and returned to the donor

The folder includes

Original and copy references for Arthur Woodward including to Hindley Urban District Council (near Wigan), from G. Spence of Leggatts Park, from the Horticultural Correspondence College, Sunningdale, Berkshire, from the Superintendent of Leyland Park, Hindley, from the Superintendent of the Botanic Garden, Cambridge, from Superintendent of Estates Department, County Borough of Dudley, from the Civil Service Commission, and from Richmond Parks Superintendent, some marked up for rewriting, 1932-1954

Superannuation papers relating to Arthur Woodward issued by the Borough of Beckenham, 1947-1949

Papers relating to horticultural training, including printed examination papers issued by the RHS, many annotated, 1937-1941, ‘Report on NDH [National Diploma of Horticulture] final practical exams, 1941’, in Arthur Woodward’s hand, including a sketched garden plan, 1941, ‘Some examination hints’, and practice papers issued for the National Diploma of Horticulture, undated [c.1940s]

Letters to Arthur Woodward at his army billet in Blackpool from the County Borough of Dudley awarding him an honorarium in respect of his success in the preliminary examination of the National Diploma of Horticulture, 1940

Letter from H.H. Martin, Superintendent of Parks and Open Spaces, County Borough of Dudley, ‘now serving with HM Forces’, recommending Woodward on the basis of his service in charge of a demonstration allotment garden, 1941

Envelope containing letter and ribbons relating to the award of defence medal to Arthur Woodward, 1946

Letters to Arthur Woodward relating to his appointment as Technical Assistant to the Parks Superintendent, Borough of Beckenham, and letters of reference, 1947

Curricula vitae of Arthur Woodward in application for posts of Superintendent of Parks at Slough Corporation, at Borough of Ramsgate, and at Borough of Torquay, detailing qualifications and experience, 1949-c.1951

Press cuttings relating to floral display evening, with picture of Arthur Woodward, 11 Nov 1955, and to the Terrace Gardens, 15 Feb 1957

Correspondence relating to Arthur Woodward’s appointment as Parks and Allotments Superintendent, Richmond, including personal letters of congratulation, 1956

The following item was removed from the folder and stored separately for preservation purposes in Nov 2014: Glass colour slide of Arthur Woodward with three potted shrubs [possibly fuchsia], undated

Personal correspondence including postcards from Arthur Woodward to his young sons, John and Anthony, 1959, Christmas cards from Lazards Horticultural Society, 1960s, letters from Mr and Mrs George Humphreys [George Humphreys was Arthur Woodward’s predecessor at the Borough of Richmond], 1964, letters of good wishes for Arthur Woodward during hospitalisation for appendicitis, 1966, and letters of congratulation on Arthur Woodward’s appointment as Parks and Allotments Superintendent of the new Richmond-upon-Thames Borough, 1965

Photographs of Richmond riverside with crowds, c.1950s, grounds with flower bed planted in the crest of the Star and Garter Home, 1960, formal group of boys and adults labelled ‘Kew Boys’ Annual 1961’, ceremonial tree planting with Arthur Woodward, 1961, and flower bed planted in the crest of Richmond Borough, undated [c.1960s]

Press cuttings relating to ‘insulting’ letters from Arthur Woodward as Parks Superintendent to allotment holders, c.1950s, to Richmond Borough’s trees, open spaces and employees, 1961-1972, and to poinsettia [Euphorbia pulcherrima] and Arthur Woodward’s introduction of them, 1992

‘Summary of replies received to questionnaire regarding salaries and responsibilities of parks superintendents’, 1964

Correspondence and papers relating to Arthur Woodward’s application for the post of Parks and Allotments Superintendent of the Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, 1964

Programme of the opening of Richmond Baths with invitation enclosed, 1966

Postcard of Richmond Terrace, undated [c.1960s]

Arthur Woodward’s pay slip summaries, stapled to an oversize sheet [photocopied for preservation and access purposes and originals discarded], 1965-1969, and correspondence and papers relating to Arthur Woodward’s pay, 1972

Black and white photographs of a variety of events, many with Arthur Woodward, undated [c.1970s], and colour photographs of Richmond Nursery at Ham [established by Arthur Woodward to supply plants for Council use], 1986