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Dr John Beale

Who was John Beale?

The Reverend Dr John Beale, rector of Yeovil, Somerset, England was a writer on gardening and rural affairs. He was based in Hertfordshire, England, and was active in the 17th century.

Life & Work

He was the owner of an estate at Backbury, Herefordshire and wasa noted correspondent of Samuel Hartlib, John Buckland and John Evelyn.

In 1657 Beale pennedHerefordshire Orchards, a book based on two letters to Hartlib.

In 1663 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. It is thought that John Evelyn's"No Phantasticall Utopia, but a Reall Place", chosen as the site of his Elysium Britannicum, may have been Old Sufton Court, Mordiford, Hereford, on which subject Beale and Evelyn corresponded.


Stubbs, Mayling, 'John Beale, Philosophical Gardener of Herefordshire', Annals of Science, 46:4 (1989), pp. 323-363.

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