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This is an extract from Joseph Ramsden's evidence to the Opposed Bill Committee on the South Eastern Railway. A local fruit salesman and egg agent, he talks of the great contribution he believes that the area of Kent served by the railway could make to the supply of fruit in London.
A: Nothing foreign of these.
Q: What do you call soft fruit?
A: Raspberries, currants and cherries.
Q: Is Kent greatly productive of those?
A: I believe more than any other County.
Q: Will you in the first place tell the Committee what quantity of apples you think are brought into the Boro' Market from Kent alone?
A: I don't know that I could exactly state the quantity being Clerk of the Market I made a sort of Calculation as I was Clerk of the Market I rented it I should say somethwhere about 80,000 bushels of apples per annum.
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