29th May 1856 - Salisbury celebrates end of the Crimean War

On 29th May 1856 a ‘grand peace festival’ was held in Salisbury to celebrate the end of the Crimean War[1].

TJ Northey says that:

After the procession[2], a public dinner of roast beef and plum pudding, besides a supply of 900 gallons of beer, was partaken of in the Market Place by 3,000 persons ; and 4,000 others (to whom were allotted 310 gallons of beer) were regaled with the “ good old English fare ” at their homes. Sports in the Green Croft and fireworks in the Market Place were included in the programme of festivities[3]
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Image Credit

Richard Caton Woodville [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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] This procession was possibly the last time that the Tailors’ Guild, the Guild that owned the Salisbury Giant, appeared. A book called “The ancient trade guilds and companies of Salisbury” says that:

In 1856 the Tailors Company, four in number, appeared in a pro- cession, with their full paraphernalia, according to their custom, and in 1880 this, the last of the ancient Guilds of Salisbury, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1445, became defunct [Link]

[3] 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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