If there is an obvious gap in the history of allotments it is the relative lack of local site histories which might help to give us a greater understanding of the movement as a whole. This page is an attempt to provide a repository of links to existing histories which are available on the web or simply in paper form, and to encourage people to write a history of their own site.
Wandering slightly aimlessly around the web looking for new histories which can be added is a somewhat slow and painful task for me. If you know of a link, possibly to a history of your own site, I would be extremely grateful if you could let me have the details. You can email me here.
This page was last updated on September 6th, 2018.
The complete list follows. I have split the entries into two categories: detailed histories and potted histories. Each list is in alphabetic order of place name.
When Plotters Meet (Edinburgh Allotments 1921-2001)
Great Somerford (only available in book form – The Poor Man’s Best Friend by Jill Shearer)
Duxford Allotment Society
Horfield & District Allotments Association
The landscape and culture of allotments: a study in Hornchurch, Essex
Lincoln’s Allotments: A History (only available in book form – written by Geoff Tann)
Survey of Lincoln
Merrylee (Glasgow) broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Moorside Allotments (Newcastle)
Queens Road Allotments (Leicester)
Stuart Road Allotments (Peckham Rye)
Urban Allotment Gardens in Sheffield
Watford (transcript of a talk by Mary Reid to the West Watford History Group)
Aldershot & District Allotment Association
Beechwood Allotment Association (Glasgow) broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Brighton & Hove
Child’s Hill (Hendon Way)
Countesthorpe Gardens and Allotments Society (Leicestershire)
Cripley Meadow Allotments Association
Ealing Dean Allotment Society
Cat Hill Allotments (East Barnet)
East Finchley Allotments
East Sheen Allotments
East Ward Allotment Association
Epsom and Ewell
Firs Estate Allotments (Derby)
Framfield Allotments Association
Fulham Palace Meadows
Girton Allotment Society
Golders Green Allotments
Royal Paddocks Hampton Wick
Highgate Allotments Association
Joel Street Allotments (Hillingdon)
Hill Rise Allotment Association (St. Ives)
Hook Norton – waiting list in 1889
Kelvinside histories (Glasgow) broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Lightpill Allotment Society
Littleover Lane Allotments (Derby)
Digging for victory in wartime London
London Road Allotments (Coventry) broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Mill Lane Allotments (Old Marston Parish Council)
Mansewood (Glasgow) broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Moor Pool Allotment Association
Mount Noddy Allotment Association (East Grinstead)
New Springs Allotments (Wigan)
Over Allotments (Winsford)
Rippingale broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Romford Smallholders Society
St. Ann’s, Nottingham
Sale Horticultural & Allotment Society
Scarcroft & District Allotments Association
Upper Beeding Allotment Gardens
Victoria Park (Glasgow) broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Wilstone Village Allotments broken link – last checked on Sept. 6th 2018
Wivenhoe Allotments and Gardens Association
York – the development of allotments around the time of World War I
All links were last checked on September 6th, 2018. Broken links have been mended where it has been possible to find a replacement address for a page. Otherwise the entry has been flagged. If the link cannot be resolved in the fullness of time then it will be removed.
Write your own history
Why not consider writing a history of your own site? The majority of sites usually have at least one or two individuals who are interested in local history. It can make for a useful and interesting winter project when there is not much to do on the plot.
It does not have to be “War and Peace”. One or two pages of A4 paper can be enough to usefully describe the formation of your site and the major subsequent events.
Possible sources of material in the UK include:
Access to Archives – this is an electronic archive to selected historical material.
Older Council or Church material may be held in the Local County Record Office. The location of diocesan records, which may also be helpful, varies. Check on the web where they may be found for your area.