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Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe, South Bank and Bishophill areas of York

Clements Hall Local History Group

Exploring the Scarcroft, Clementhorpe and South Bank areas of York

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Cultivating in the City: the growth of York’s allotment gardens

For our next talk on Friday 20 September 2019 we're very pleased to welcome back Dr Ross Wilson, who has written extensively about the social history of York's allotments.

Ross Wilson allotments 1The allotment gardens of York are an important historical resource alongside the other sites in this ancient city, as they detail the changes in politics, society and economics in the 20th century.

Written into the allotment sites in the city is a story of how York’s citizens campaigned for access to land, secured their rights, aided the war effort in World War I and World War II, combated poverty and unemployment and today aid the environment and the wider community through their work.

If you missed this talk Ross has kindly passed on to us his presentation here.

All welcome. You can become a member of the History Group for a small sum of £5 for 2019, which gives you reduced entry (£1) to talks. Non-members are also welcome, at a cost of £3 on the door.

There are a small number of free parking spaces near Clements Hall. It is also easily accessible by buses stopping in Blossom Street (walk along Moss Street opposite the Everyman Cinema).

If you have any queries please contact us via Clements Hall on 01904 466086 or email

Ross Wilson allotments 2

Ross Wilson allotments 3