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The history of baubles
Before the shiny baubles we put on our trees now, people used to decorate with apples, iced pastries and plain white candy canes. The candy was to keep children quiet through long religious services.
In the middle of the 16th century, glass baubles were made by artisans in Germany but they were not mass produced until the 1880s. You might be surprised to see a map of what Knowle West looked like then.
This map shows the Ordnance Survey map from 1894 to 1903. It is mostly fields with the exception of the Novers Hill Hospital. The map is from a really good website called Know Your Place that lets you overlay maps on top of each other so you can see what it used to look like.