21st July 1857 - Royal Agricultural Show opens at the Butts

On the 21st July 1857, the Royal Agricultural Show opened at the Butts, which is opposite Salisbury Fire Station[1].

The Show started in 1839 and was held, at different venues until settling at Stoneleigh Park in the 1960s. The last show was held in 2009[2].

The event lasted four days. 19th Century historian TJ Northey reports that:

The numbers passing the turnstiles were : [table] First day | 969 Second | 2,620 Third | 14,000 Fourth | 18,430 Total | 36,019 [/table] The Prince Consort[3] was present at the show on the second day, being entertained at the Bishop's Palace at luncheon[4]

Footnotes

[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] Royal Show - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[3] The Prince Consort was Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria

[4] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., 1897. Page 257. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

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