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Did you know that James I chose Oatlands Park near Weybridge as the centre of his proposed silkworm industry? Inigo Jones designed a silkworm house; John Tredescant was in Charles I’s reign appointed ‘Keeper of His Majesty’s Gardens, Vines and Silkworms’ there; and a major national push was made to plant mulberry trees for the worms to feed upon. Unfortunately in true bureaucratic style they planted black mulberries, nice fruit great jam but not the white mulberry on which the silkworm thrived. The wrong sort of mulberry, in other words.

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