During the nineteenth century allotments1 were provided for cultivation by poor and industrious parishioners and as recreation grounds for the parishioners2 under certain Poor Law and Inclosure Acts and by appropriation of parochial charity lands for that purpose. The allotments here considered are field garden allotments3 and allotments for fuel and certain other public purposes4. Provision was also formerly made for the acquisition and administration of poor allotments5.
Allotments vested in the overseers6, or churchwardens and overseers, of a rural parish were transferred to the parish council when that council came into being7
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