Allotments for the Unemployed in Lancashire

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

Allotments for the Unemployed. How it began and how it was organised.

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.

1930s – Everyday life on the gardens

In the 1930s the UK experienced an economic depression causing unemployment and widespread poverty, particularly in the industrial areas.   Wigan must have had a reputation for being particularly badly affected as George Orwell was commissioned to write an account of poverty in the North and he visited Wigan in February in 1936, before going on to … Continue reading 1930s – Everyday life on the gardens