1st June 1802 - Salisbury celebrates peace with France, which turns out to be temporary

HMSMordaunt.jpg On the first of June 1802 a day of thanksgiving was celebrated for the signing of the Treaty of Amiens.

The treaty turned out to only bring a brief cessation to the war with Napoleon’s France.

The Treaty had been signed on the 28th March[1], but peace was only to last until 18th May 1803[2].

Nevertheless, on the June 1st:

the public rejoicings in Salisbury were carried out with great zest.

The Mayor and Corporation, attended by the various companies and gilds, marched in procession to the Cathedral. Later in the day the mayor and his brethren entertained a number of friends at dinner at the Council Chamber, and in the evening the general public were treated to a splendid display of fireworks, which wound up a happily-spent day[3].


[1] or Germinal 4, year X in the French Revolutionary Calendar

[2] Treaty of Amiens - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[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.

Image credit

James Gillray [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons