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Plant Diaries


This set of pressed plant diaries was made by local woman Richmal Crompton, who was born in Bury and was the author of the ‘Just William’ books.

They consist of 4, hard-backed, approx A5 sized, bound volumes containing pressed plant specimens from the Bury area.

Richmal Crompton was born on the 15th November 1890 in a house on Manchester Road, Bury.
Her first ‘tale’ to be published appeared in a 1918 issue of the ‘Girl’s Own Paper’ (a woman’s paper). The piece was called ‘Thomas, a Little Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up’.   Richmal began having her stories published whilst a teacher at Bromley High School. She then went on to publish the ‘Just William’ stories.