I`ve decided that going through the minutes meeting by meeting will be amazingly tedious, so I`m going to take it decade by decade, and pull out anything that seems interesting. What I will say, related to the previous post, is that by the time of the AGM in February 1923, they had not got money … Continue reading 1920s – Every day life on the gardens
So, back to transcribing the minutes. They begin again with the annual meeting in 1922, held in St John the Baptist School, with Rev. M. Owens (the vicar of St John`s at that time) in the Chair and J. Gibson, secretary. The minutes of previous meetings were read and confirmed, indicating that there were meetings … Continue reading Committe Meeting Minutes 1922
An interesting bit of context that came from my investigation of industrial relations in the nineteenth century is that in 1912, when the NSHS committee was meeting to organise the annual show (I started with the 1912 minutes and newspaper report, right at the beginning of this blog) there was the first national coal strike. … Continue reading National Coal Strike 1912
I wondered what the relations had been like between Lord Crawford and the New Springs miners at the time NSHS began. In his book, The Making of Wigan (Wharncliffe Books, 2005) Mike Fletcher describes a pretty turbulent picture during the second half of the nineteenth century. In 1853 there was a miners` strike in Wigan … Continue reading Strikes and Riots
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
I couldn`t find Mr Bosanquet`s lecture notes or the sheet published by the Journal of Horticulture. But I found this amazing little book in the Hathi Trust Digital Library. It was written by a Clergyman, Curate of St George`s Bloomsbury, and its purpose was to explain the effort made to improve the home life of … Continue reading Window Gardens for the People and Clean and Tidy Rooms; Being an Experiment to Improve the Homes of the London Poor by Rev. S. Haddon-Parkes M.A. 1863.