Sir.–In The Gazette recently, you mentioned about the local allotments.
You may be interested to know that in 1932, there were nine allotments in Basingstoke, the largest being in Hackwood Road. By 1975, there were 39 allotments, the largest being at Churchill Way East. Thus allotments came and went.
Prior to the South View housing estate being built between 1946 and 1956, the land was known as “allotment gardens” on Ordnance Survey maps, but only the southern part was left for allotment holders, near Lyford Road.
–Robert Brown, Doswell Way, Basingstoke.