National Coal Strike 1912

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

Minutes of the shows 1913, 1914

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

1882,1884 shows – newspaper reports

My next step was to look at the reports in the Wigan Observer for the years 1882 and 1884.  The 1882 report was entitled New Springs Flower Show.  It said that the show compared favourably with those of previous years, suggesting that the allotments were there before 1882. “There was a splendid collection of flowers … Continue reading 1882,1884 shows – newspaper reports

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

Minutes of the 1912 show

I knew very little about the history of the Society, but I thought it was probably closely associated with mining.  New Springs is an old mining community, on the edge of the Haigh Hall estate, which had belonged to the Earl of Crawford and Balcarres, and is now owned by Wigan Council. The allotments are … Continue reading Minutes of the 1912 show