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William Edmund Sowerbutts (1911–1990) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sowerbutts, William Edmund [Bill] (1911–1990), nurseryman and broadcaster, was born on 4 January 1911 at Moss Side Nurseries, Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire, the son of John Sowerbutts, nurseryman and seedsman, and his wife, Catherine, née Shuttleworth. Always known as Bill, he was born into a market gardening family and at an early age followed his father in growing vegetables on the rich peaty soil of the family nursery at ...

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Streeter, Frederick [Fred] (1877/9–1975), gardener and broadcaster, was born in Pulborough, Sussex, the eldest of three sons of James Streeter, a farm worker, and his wife, Dinah, née Sayers, a postgirl. There is conflicting evidence about his year of birth: by Streeter's own account he was born on 25 June 1877 (his ninety-third birthday was celebrated in June 1970), but his mother registered his birth date as 25 June 1879, which is consistent with census returns from his childhood. The family moved to ...