The Original ‘Spofforth Crocus’
An 18th Century Rector from All Saints Church Spofforth was an eminent plant breeder.
The Hon. Rev. William Herbert (1778-1847)
William Herbert cultivated bulbous plants and experimented in hybridisation. His name is commemorated in the genus herbertia. A skilled horticulturalist, and his extensive studies of plant hybrids will form the basis of part of Darwin’s discussion of hybridism and
sterility in the Origin of Species (1859).
Whilst Rector at Spofforth he developed a new species of crocus. For many years this could be found in the Old Rectory grounds.
In 2006 we have managed to acquire a number of this crocus species and that Autumn acquired a further 2000 corms. These were sold to villagers as a means of fund raising, and planted in places of interest around the village where they can now be seen each spring