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Lawnmower World

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Bowling greens, cricket pitches, afternoon tea in the sunshine; we British are very proud of our lawns. Martyn Oliver learns the history of grass-cutting.

Just a few hundred yards from the Victorian splendour of Southport’s Lord Street, its elegant arcades, its wrought iron canopies and its boulevard-style layout, you’ll find a hidden gem that receives visitors from all over the world. It’s well signposted, to be sure, but you could be forgiven for thinking you’d taken a wrong turn, for, step away from the bustle and glamour of the town-centre stores, galleries and banks, cross the railway lines, and you find yourself in Shakespeare Street, a road of terraced houses and local shops. And on the corner is Stanleys Garden Machinery Warehouse, home of the British Lawnmower Museum.

Squeeze past the bales of razor wire in the doorway, the forks and spades, the shelves of screws and washers and, yes, the rows of shining brand-new grass cutters, climb the narrow staircase, and you enter Lawnmower World. Read more…