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Pylons on Allotments

Waterloo Meadows Pylon

Waterloo Meadows Pylon

Yesterday (9 April 2015) a new style of pylon, the T pylon, was launched. Apparently it is the first new design in 90 years and you can see it in Nottinghamshire (1). Waterloo Meadows allotments has a wonderful pylon, that has been there since 1963. As an allotment feature it is not unique. In recently published book, ‘Growing Space – a history of the allotment movement’, Lesley Acton mentions Waterloo Meadows and also London sites Wanstead Park Road, Thornton Road and Leyes Road (2).

If you google ‘Pylons on Allotments’, there are lots of lovely images of pylons on allotments (including from this blog). I also discovered ‘Pylon Allotments’ a new site in West Sussex. Must be worth a visit for pylon and allotment lovers.

Notes

(1) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32225276 – accessed 10.4.15

(2) Acton, Lesley. Growing Space – a history of the allotment movement. p141.

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Digging Around

Medway Allotments, with the uniform sheds provided on some Reading Allotments.

Meadway Allotments, with the uniform sheds provided on some Reading Allotments.

I stumbled on the Library of Birmingham, ‘Digging Around’ project a while back.

According to their website, ‘”Digging Around” offers you a glimpse of the allotment project funded by the Centre for Sustainability and Innovation at Aston University. This was developed in conjunction with staff from Birmingham Libraries and Archives and Dr John Blewitt, using many of the Central Library’s impressive archive collections.’

Some lovely photographs and press cuttings covering Birmingham’s allotment history and Birmingham’s place in British allotment history, including a section on Professor Harry Thorpe, and his influential report.

http://www.libraryofbirmingham.com/diggingaround

 

 

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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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