Friday, 25 October 2013

100 years ago allotment peas from Eynsham sold for £1 per bushel

For this post, my own words will be brief.  The following words are taken from the Arthur Ashby report, published (by Clarendon Press) in 1917 entitled "Small Holdings In Oxfordshire." For anyone interested in the history of allotments in Eynsham the following extract may be of some interest:

"On the sand, gravel, and loams in the neighbourhood of Oxford most of the holdings approximate to the type of the market-garden. The holdings at Eynsham call for no comment, as they consist for the most part of accommodation land, but one of the most interesting market-garden holdings is situated on gravel between Eynsham and Handborough. The original holding consisted of seven acres of garden land, to which has been added twelve acres of grass and thirty-one acres of arable. The latter may be considered as an adjunct to the former—the arable to provide straw for manure, and the grass to carry the horses necessary for the garden work. One of the reasons for acquiring more land was to obtain manure, the previous source being Oxford, which is seven miles away. Some of the land is planted with apples and small fruit, but a speciality is made of cauliflowers, broccoli, peas, and celery. In one year this garden of seven acres grew produce which realized £300.  Sensational prices have been realized for peas, £1 per bushel being reached on several occasions."
(with thanks to AllotmentResources.)

1 comment:

  1. Heather says...

    A bushel is a measure of dry weight by volume, so the actual weight varies with the crop. It is in the order of 56lb for wheat, peas would be less, I think. If you want volumes, it is 2218 cubic inches, equivalent to 8 gallons or 36.37 litres.

    The £1 per bushel quotation is for produce from a commercial Market Garden, not our allotments. I do not know where the site was, possibly along the Hanborough Road near City Farm?

    Anyone else know?