Back to the minutes. They become even scantier during the second world war, with no records for 1940 or 1942 and only the briefest of records from the other years. Richard Croston continued as secretary and it maybe that he was not very conscientious, or it maybe that the organisation of the society was neglected … Continue reading 1940s – Everday life on the gardens
In the early 1930s John Robson reported that there was great distress in the Lancashire district. To begin with efforts were concentrated in Barrow-in-Furness, Darwen, Accrington and Warrington. A chap called John Broughton, the County Land Agent based in Preston, was appointed organiser. Miss Marguerite Yeo was appointed full time assistant. I imagine her as … Continue reading Allotments for the Unemployed in Lancashire
I decided to investigate The Society of Friends Allotments for the Unemployed Scheme. A google search brought up a blog from Birmingham library archives with some references and links, so I won`t repeat anything you can find there. https://theironroom.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/allotments-for-the-unemployed/ After some more rummaging around on the internet I discovered that the Society of Friends have … Continue reading Allotments for the Unemployed. How it began and how it was organised.
Last week we attended the annual prize giving of NSHS (we didn`t win anything), with hot pot supper and a visit from the Mayor and a good time was had by all. Each year there are prizes for winners of the big veg competition and for the best kept gardens. The overall winner is … Continue reading The Challenge Cup
A prize for the best cropped and best kept garden was awarded as part of the early shows. In 1924 the entrance fee was 6d per double and 4d per single garden and the prize was 5/- for each single and double garden. Mr Boyd (Haigh Hall head gardener at the time) was asked to … Continue reading Garden judging
In the Gardeners` Chronicle, September 18th 1880 (the year before NSHS allotment were made) p.357 , N.J.D wrote about a garden in Hazlehurst, near Worsley, not far from Wigan, belonging to a working collier called Tyledsley, which gave him great surprise and pleasure. He described colliers as a class of men of whom many speak … Continue reading A Collier`s Garden and Garden Ground for Miners.
I have been spending time searching the old gardening journals in the Hathi Trust Digital Library, looking for anything relating to allotments in the North of England, particularly Lancashire, or allotments in towns, for industrial labourers, or pit towns and villages, or allotments for colliers. There were a lot of articles and correspondence about the pros … Continue reading The politics of Victorian Allotments II
Pause for another digression. While I was transcribing the minutes I was still interested in the creation of the allotments back in 1881. It was Rev. James idea to organise the flower shows but were the allotments his idea too? I have come to the end of that particular avenue of exploration at the moment … Continue reading The politics of Victorian allotments
Starting in February 1913 the committee held monthly meetings, with Henry (Hy) Gibson in the Chair. They made some alterations to the show schedule and agreed the show would be held on 9th August. There are some entries which match up with the newspaper reports. There were resolutions that Mr Boyd (Lord Crawford`s Head gardener) and … Continue reading Minutes of the shows 1913, 1914
So – after a brief digression into the history of Victorian flower shows, back to the minutes of NSHS. Where had I got to – Oh yes, the minutes of the show in 1912. I just want to briefly mention the place of women. It has to be a brief mention because there isn`t much … Continue reading The Place of Women