25th October 1809 - Salisbury celebrates King George III's Golden Jubilee

On 25th October 1809, Salisbury celebrated King George III’s 50th Jubilee[1].

The celebration was arguably a year early. King George had become king on the death of his grandfather in George II on 25 October 1760.

Anyway TJ Northy has this description of the festivities:

The Jubilee of the reign of George III. was celebrated on October 25th, 1809, at the commencement of the 50th year, instead of the end.

In Salisbury the day was kept as one of general holiday and festivity. The houses and shops were gaily decorated, there was the usual procession to the Cathedral, and to wind up the rejoicings a public ball and supper were held.

The citizens had come forward liberally, indeed lavishly, with their subscriptions, and when all was over and a reckoning made, it was found that there were funds sufficient in hand to give 1,000 blankets to be divided among the aged and deserving poor a practical memento of the day, which was no doubt greatly appreciated during the ensuing winter[2]

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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] 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.

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