Garden judging

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

1920s – Every day life on the gardens

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

A Collier`s Garden and Garden Ground for Miners.

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.

The politics of Victorian Allotments II

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

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

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