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St Mark's church, Staplefield
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St Mark's church, Staplefield

In front of St Mark’s Church, Staplefield is what seems to be a shrub in full bloom. In the Rose Annual of 1940, the secretary writes:- “On Staplefield church, Sussex, there is a plant of that very rose, Homere, that certainly must be the largest and oldest known plant of that variety in England. There are three photographs showing the growth right up to the guttering, and from all records the rose is nearly as old as the church, which was consecrated in 1847”.
Please can anyone confirm that the flowering shrub is indeed that rose?
Picture added on 24 June 2012 at 10:57
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The Homere rose is against the east wall of the church and is almost as old as St Mark's. It has pale pink blooms.
I have an offspring of a cutting, (not guilty), from the original which is thriving here in Scotland.
I can supply a cutting, (free), if anyone wishes to perpetuate the original.
Added by John Robins (Junior). on 26 March 2013
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