St Albans Tour Guides invite you to visit our exhibition on the life and work of Samuel Ryder, which will be on display over the weekend of 9th-10th September 2017, at the Clarion Hotel, Holywell Hill, St Albans. This is part of the Heritage Open Days taking place in St Albans and throughout the UK that weekend. The exhibition will be available for visitors between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.
One of St Albans most distinguished citizens in the twentieth century was Samuel Ryder. He is remembered worldwide for presenting the Ryder Cup and initiating one of golf's most important competitions.
However, Samuel was much more than a golf enthusiast. He moved to St Albans from Lancashire and set up his seed catalogue business. This meant flower and vegetable seeds were available to many people and they could order them through his mail order catalogue. His warehouse and office was on Holywell Hill on the site now occupied by the Clarion Hotel and his Exhibition Hall was where the Cafe Rouge is now situated.
He also played an important part in the political life of St Albans, serving on the City Council and elected Mayor in 1905. As a nonconformist, he was involved in the religious life of the city and was a great philanthropist, supporting many worthy causes.
Together with his brother, James, he began Heath and Heather, which became the largest herbal business in Europe at that time.
The City Guides' exhibition in Samuel's old office at Heritage Weekend, tells much more about the life and work of this distinguished former citizen of St Albans.
We are grateful to the Clarion Hotel for allowing us to put on this exhibition.