The Allotment Movement in England, 1793-1873

The Allotment Movement in England, 1793-1873

by Jeremy Burchardt


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781843836438
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Series: Royal Historical Society Studies in History New Series
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

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

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