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.
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
Pause for another digression. While I was transcribing the minutes I was still interested in the creation of the allotments back in 1881. It was Rev. James idea to organise the flower shows but were the allotments his idea too? I have come to the end of that particular avenue of exploration at the moment … Continue reading The politics of Victorian allotments