In the late 19th century Britain experienced an agricultural depression caused by the modernisation of farming practices. The number of men and women required to work the land reduced significantly. Families where forced to leave the countryside and move to towns and cities in search of employment and a better standard of living.
The Victorians felt a sense of nostalgia for the idyllic rural life that was at risk of being forgotten. Allingham’s cottage scenes were seen as a way of preserving this rustic way of life. She paid careful attention to styles of architecture and traditional methods of construction.