Implementation of the 1908 Act in Reading

THE TRIALS OF AN ALLOTMENT HOLDER Ever increasing interest in the pursuit of gardening i seeing 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.

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!

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