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The Allotment Movement in Britain


Denis M. Moran

In this survey of a ubiquitous feature within the British landscape, Moran focuses on the origin and role of the allotment during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Movement keenly reflects British economic and social changes during that period. In particular, the movement expresses national and local concern with relief of the poor. An intensive examination of allotments in Swindon parallels fluctuations in the national history of the Movement. The study is of special interest to social historians, cultural geographers and urban sociologists.
Contents: Allotments: Definition and Origin - Urban and Rural Allotments - Swindon: A Case Study - The Leisure Garden Movement - Allotments at a National Crossroads - Present Status of the Allotment Movement.
The work is suitable for college level students and interested segments of the general public. It is an original study. The only previous national surveys have been done by British Government Committees of Inquiry.