Brighton 'Digs for Victory': an allotment handbook from 1941

County Borough of Brighton – Allotments and Smallholdings Handbook

The following pages from the above handbook were scanned by Simon Tobitt and used with permission of Kevin Bacon at the History Centre, Brighton and Hove Museum. They were first published in June, 1941. They are part of a bigger handbook which was used to enclose Government-issued “Dig for Victory” pamphlets. The first page suggests that these handbooks were issued to all the “Public of Brighton” by the Brighton County Borough Council – see the message from Councillor Clout on page 3. At this time, it seems the main bases at the forefront of this campaign were the Parks Department, Moulsecoomb Place and the Allotments Office on The Level.

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Comments about this page

  • Your “Dig for Victory” article was most interesting, especially page 3. Councillor Walter Clout was my grandfather. He certainly practiced what he preached. He was a wonderful gardener, growing all kinds of fruit and vegetables. This is a great site, many thanks.

    By Judith Payne (03/07/2006)
  • To Judith Payne, I was at St Luke’s Terrace School from 1930 to 1936 – when I committed the unforgivable sin of becoming 14 years old and was forced to leave. One of the boys in my class was Billy Clout. Could he have been related to your grandfather? If Billy is still around I’d like to hear from him, and perhaps visit next time I come to Brighton. Kind regards, Bob Green, formerly of 7 Firle Road, Brighton

    By Robert (Bob or Robin) Green (06/03/2007)
  • From inheritance, I have a Handbook of Brighton from 1937. Any interest?

    By Robert P. Versteeg (15/01/2008)

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