Of Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments, by Caroline Foley.

I recently found a copy of this in a second hand bookshop.  It is a bit of a whistle top tour.  Her book “encompasses a broad swathe of history” and “takes great strides through the past ten centuries.”  She shows how allotments were affected by forces and events in the world, like wars and revolutions … Continue reading Of Cabbages and Kings: The History of Allotments, by Caroline Foley.

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

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.

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.