The Place of Women

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

Church Records

I also wondered, as the local curate started it all, if there were any church records about the beginning of NSHS.  So, by a circuitous route via Crockfords Clerical Directory, St Michael`s Wigan and St David`s Haigh, I managed to contact the treasurer from St John`s. He said the only thing he could help me … Continue reading Church Records

NSHS further enquiries – Library of Scotland

The 1883 balance sheet shows they spent 3 shillings on stationary and postage so I thought there may have been some correspondence with the Haigh Estate.  Or there may even have been some earlier correspondence between Rev. James and the Earl or Countess about the beginning of the society or about them coming to the … Continue reading NSHS further enquiries – Library of Scotland

New Springs Floral Society – Second Annual Show of Window Plants 1879.

The 1879 report gave much more detail about the society which supported what I had been thinking and told me more about the people involved : “The idea of establishing a floral society in the midst of the busy mining population of New Springs originated about 2 years ago with the Rev. C.H. James, the … Continue reading New Springs Floral Society – Second Annual Show of Window Plants 1879.

New Springs Floral Society – First Annual Show of Window Plants 1878.

If the 1884 newspaper report was accurate and that was the seventh annual show, then the first show would have been in 1878.  I decided to trawl through the Wigan Observer of previous years.  I thought it wouldn`t be too long a process as the show would most likely have taken place in July or … Continue reading New Springs Floral Society – First Annual Show of Window Plants 1878.

1912, 1913 shows – newspaper reports

New Springs Horticultural Society (NSHS) allotment gardens were definitely there in 1912, but I wanted to know when they started, whose idea it was and why? Who were the early plotholders?   If the land was rented from the Earl of Crawford there must have been a rental agreement and I wondered if it had survived … Continue reading 1912, 1913 shows – newspaper reports