EDAS Intro

Welcome to Ealing Dean Allotment Society that manages Northfield[‘]s[‘] allotment in Ealing, West London.

Useful guides for new plot holders are <here> <here> and <here>; For information about our work on Radbourne Walk click <here>

So my alarn goes off at 8.00 on Saturday morning and any sensible person would have rolled over and gone back to sleep. But I drag myself out of bed and look out the window....all I can see is frost.

Frosty morning in Ealing Dean Allotments

Here are a few images that show glimpses of the allotments.

The first image (top left) shows hanger Hill Farm Diary that was occupied by Mr & Mrs C. Millard a Dairy Farmer. His wife worked in the diary which her husband Chas. millard was listed in the census as working "Out". To the right of the picture is the top of the allotments. A white gate can be seen at the top of what is now known as Radbourne Walk.

A picture of Hanger Hill Farm Dairy, c1904, at the corner of Mattock Lane and Dean Villas

Have you ever wondered what Ealing looked like a hundred years ago. Well there are plenty of photos around that show you what is was like but i came across a video the other day of Ealing Broadway in 1901, a video, well a film more than video. It is not a long film but the quality is good and it really so much more than a still photo. The awnings in the front of the shop blowing in the breeze, the horse and cart, children running in front the tram.

1832 is an important date in the history of the site. This is when Charles James Blomfield, the Bishop of London, ensured the enclosure of the land for use as allotments. The original paperwork is in the London Metropolitan Archive. It is a little difficult to read - hence the question marks below. But, we think this is the best transcription available....

Portrait of C J Blomfield

Do you find objects in the soil on your plot? Like most people stones seem to constantly appear in the ground by themselves but from time to time i find other things.
The most common for me is bits of old clay pipes and Stoneware bottles. I only find fragments but i always like to imagine a plot holder from 100 years ago stopping for a drink of ginger beer or lemonade.

We have the opportunity, in the next couple of weeks, to bid to Ealing Borough Council for funds for further work on Radbourne Walk.  We have ideas of what we'd like to see - so, we have set up a page on the spacehive website which outlines our plans...

https://spacehive.com/radbournerobin

But we also want to hear from neighbours, allotment holders and anyone that uses Radbourne Walk - what would you like and what would you like to see  as further improvements?

Please give us your views & suggestions.

We'd quite like to keep in touch with you, to let you know the outcome of our bid.  If that's OK with you, please give us your email as well.

There is a Well on 229
In April 2014 Dennis Weal gave up his plot 229 due to old age. He told Christina Fox that his father had rented this plot since 1946. He said they had dug a well and had a pump inside their shed and that they put the shed up around the pump because people kept breaking the handle.
I spoke to "Vic" who had been the maintenance man for the allotment for around 30 years and he told me that he installed the mains water in the allotment in the mid 1990's. He said that wells would regularly run dry and plot holders with wells would have to wait until the water level returned to use them again.

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It is now possible for non-Committee members to register as users on this web site.

To do this, you need to go to the Log in tab and then choose Create new account, and then you will get a screen asking you for -

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