Portland Place Nursery
Reproduced from the 1879 Ordnance Survey map of Central Reading
I have been taking a University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education course, ‘Shall We Cultivate Our Garden? Introducing Agro-Ecology & Sustainable Farming’ at the University of Reading London Road Campus. Looking at some old maps of Reading the other day I came across the Portland Place Nursery which in 1879 was right where the campus now is. As yet, I know nothing about the nursery but as I sit in my lectures I like to think about the things that used to grow here and perhaps that will inspire me!
THE TRIALS OF AN ALLOTMENT HOLDER
Ever increasing interest in the pursuit of gardening is being taken in Reading and the neighbourhood, but anxiety to help one another is sometimes so great that unpleasantness often ensues.
Berkshire Chronicle 20 March 1909.
Copyright: Berkshire Chronicle. Reproduced with permission.
I have been researching Reading’s allotments in the early twentieth century from the time of the implementation of the 1908 Small-Holdings and Allotments Act. This caused a flurry of reports in the Berkshire Chronicle and an amusing cartoon.
I can’t say that I have ever suffered as this allotment holder did, but I may need to implement the advice in picture 4!