A very common British fern with glossy undivided fronds which reproduces by spores rather than seed, the spores being seen on the underside of the frond. A good plant to introduce to a shady place in the garden, and especially love damp soil although not essential. Mine are happy growing through cracks in rockery stone.
'Gathering Ferns' Illustrated London News July 1st 1871
Ferns were very popular in Victorian times, a popularity which became a craze called Pteridomania, which sounds more like an illness to me!