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 recently found a copy of this in a second hand bookshop. It is a bit of a whistle top tour. Her book “encompasses a broad swathe of history” and “takes great strides through the past ten centuries.” She shows how allotments were affected by forces and events in the world, like wars and revolutions … Continue reading Of Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments, by Caroline Foley.
Pause for another diversion – this time into the more recent past. The engravings on the Cup show it was awarded each year for ten years. Rd(Richard) Croston won it in 1930 and 1932, John F Parr in 1931, Fred Beech in 1933 (If you remember, his garden was damaged by boys in 1922) and Albert … Continue reading The story of Albert Huxley and 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 1922 the committee resolved to hold a show the following year, and to prepare by organising an event to raise funds. They called a special meeting, but only the secretary turned up and it had to be abandoned. In August 1923 they again resolved to have a show next year and another special meeting … Continue reading 1924 Annual Show of Fruit and Vegetables
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
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
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