The Allotment Movement in England, 1793-1873

The Allotment Movement in England, 1793-1873

Jeremy Burchardt

Personal eBook

Royal Historical Society



The first systematic analysis of the early nineteenth-century allotment movement.
The living standards of the rural poor suffered a severe decline in the first half of the nineteenth century as a result of high population growth, changing agricultural practices, enclosure and the decline of rural industries. Allotment provision was the most important counterweight to the pressures. This book offers the first systematic analysis of the early nineteenth-century allotment movement, providing new data on the chronology of the movement and on the number, geographical distribution, size, rents, cultivation yields and effect on living standards of allotments, showing how the movement brought the culture of the rural labouring poor more closely into line with the mainstream values of respectable mid-Victorian England. This book casts new light on central aspects of early and mid-nineteenth-century social and economic history, agriculture and rural society.

JEREMY BURCHARDT is lecturer in Rural History, University of Reading.


1 black and white illustrations
300 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
Paperback, 9781843836438, September 2011
Hardback, 9780861932566, December 2002
Personal eBook, 9781782044499, December 2002
Library eBook
Royal Historical Society
Boydell Press
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A full and important study of allotments which addresses wider rural social issues and relationships. HISTORY
(The book) is about more than the early allotment movement: it is a book about changing rural,social and class consciousness, (and) about the creation of a social consensus and about domestic and cultural life. GARDEN HISTORY
An excellent study of the heretofore-almost-ignored allotment movement.. The value of (this) book, for having opened to scrutiny this little-studied facet of 19th century life, is incontrovertible. ALBION
(Makes) a compelling case for locating allotments at the heart of the narrative of mid-nineteenth century social progress and stability. AGRICULTURAL HISTORY REVIEW
Breaks new ground as the first substantial scholarly account of allotments in c19th England. (.) Rescue(s) allotments from their positions at the margins of historical inquiry. Burchardt's book makes a compelling case that allotments deserve more attention than they have hitherto received, and sets a high standard for the research that will surely follow. LANDSCAPE HISTORY

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Dr Jeremy Burchardt is Lecturer in Rural History at the University of Reading.

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