The story of Albert Huxley and the Challenge Cup

Pause for another diversion – this time into the more recent past.  The engravings on the Cup show it was awarded each year for ten years.  Rd(Richard) Croston won it in 1930 and 1932, John F Parr in 1931, Fred Beech in 1933 (If you remember, his garden was damaged by boys in 1922) and Albert … Continue reading The story of Albert Huxley and the Challenge Cup

New Springs Floral Society – Second Annual Show of Window Plants 1879.

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.

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.

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