I couldn`t find Mr Bosanquet`s lecture notes or the sheet published by the Journal of Horticulture. But I found this amazing little book in the Hathi Trust Digital Library. It was written by a Clergyman, Curate of St George`s Bloomsbury, and its purpose was to explain the effort made to improve the home life of … Continue reading Window Gardens for the People and Clean and Tidy Rooms; Being an Experiment to Improve the Homes of the London Poor by Rev. S. Haddon-Parkes M.A. 1863.
As the society began with a flower show I decided to see what I could find out about Victorian flower shows. As it all began with a clergyman I wondered if organising flower shows was common practice within the church of England. So I searched through the Church Times archives from 1865 to 1895. There … Continue reading Victorian Flower Shows
I decided to see if I could find out who the people mentioned in these newspaper reports were. I did some “googling” and discovered two useful sources of information. One was Wigan World, a website with all sorts of interesting stuff about Wigan and its history. The other was the index of the Haigh Estate … Continue reading Not a grass roots movement
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.