Foxash Land Settlement Association

In 1936, 200 unemployed men marched from Jarrow to London in search of work and an end to poverty.

In the same year, 1,000 unemployed miners and shipbuilders moved to 20 different locations across England, including Foxash in Suffolk, to begin new lives as market gardeners.

The men from Jarrow returned with nothing. The tenants on the Foxash LSA became part of a multi-million horticultural industry that still survives today.

The Jarrow march is well documented, yet very few people know about the LSA. In 2019, Jo Hutchins (nee Butler), then Denise Thomas (nee Howe) created ‘Memories of Foxash Lawford’ on Facebook to keep in touch with former neighbours and friends on the LSA. Lots of people have contributed names, photos and memories:

www.facebook.com/groups/2509281159287653

I joined the group in September 2020 to help tell the story based on my experience of researching another LSA in Sidlesham, West Sussex, where I live: www.sidleshamheritagetrail.co.uk

Foxash LSA had 90 smallholdings, numbered sequentially 1-90 on Hunters Chase, Coggeshall Road, Home Farm Lane, Harwich Road, Tile Barn Lane and Hungerdown Lane. Each smallholding comprised a house, piggery, chIcken shed, glasshouse and four acres of land. The ‘Foxash LSA Story’ has the names of more than 200 tenants and staff, including 68 which were on the 1939 Census, and some have shared their memories which bring the story to life. Other memories and photographs are shared on Facebook.

When the scheme finished in 1983, former LSAs were encouraged to become independent companies with Foxash Growers and Foxash Horticultural Services being established at that time.

A copy of the ‘Foxash LSA Story’ will be available on the Manningtree Museum, Lawford and Ardleigh Parish websites.

Bill Martin: [email protected]

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