20th June 1897 – Salisbury celebrates Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee – Day 1

Queen_Victoria_Vanity_Fair_17_June_1897.jpg On 20th June 1897, a week of celebration began for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee[1]”.

A new nurses’ home was built at Salisbury Infirmary as a permanent memorial.

The main events of Sunday were a Procession and Service at the Cathedral. T J Northey describes events. I’ve annotated a couple of things I thought were interesting.

The week’s rejoicings began on Sunday (2Oth June), the day appointed for thanksgiving services to be held throughout the country.

At 2.20 p.m. there was a grand procession to the Cathedral in the following order :  

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Marshal, Sergeant-Major Glass. <br>

Stewards with wands of office.
Chairmen of Procession Committee.
Band of the 1st Wilts R V.[2]
A and B Companies 1st Wilts R. V.
Chief Constable (Mr. A. Mathews).
The Mayor (Mr. A. Whitehead) and Mr. Althusen, M.P.
The Members of the Corporation.
Church Lads’ Brigade.
Volunteer Fire Brigade.
Town Band.
Wilts Friendly Society.
New Sarum Lodge of Oddfellows.
Victoria Lodge of Oddfellows.
Widow and Orphans Lodge of Oddfellows.
Unity Lodge of Oddfellows.
Juvenile Oddfellows.
Red Club[3]
Odstock Band.
Court Egerton and Wyndham - Foresters.
Court Lush and Alexandra - Foresters.
Juvenile Foresters.
Pride of Sarum Tent of Rechabites.
Jubilee Tent of Rechabites.
Juvenile Tent of Rechabites.
Hearts of Oak.
City Club[4]
Post Office Officials.
Salisbury Cycling and Athletic Club.
Old Sarum Lodge of “Buffaloes”

The route taken by the procession was via Minster Street, Silver Street, High Street, to the Close, and Dean’s walk. A large crowd lined the streets the whole way to the Close, and here an immense concourse was found waiting.

At the Dean’s Walk the Volunteers lined the pathway, whilst the rest of the procession passed into the Cathedral, where already a large number of ladies (who had been admitted early by the north front door) had congregated.

The general public were admitted afier all the processionists had entered, and the large building was soon crowded to its utmost capacity, and very many were unable to obtain admission.

The clergy and city choirs robed in the Chapter House, and, accompanied by the banners of the choirs, passed through the Cloisters and also entered by the west door.

Messrs. Keynes[5] , Williams and Co., and residents in the Close had kindly supplied quantities of roses (England’s national emblem), and the clergy and choristers wore these flowers. “All people that on earth do dwell” had been selected as the processional hymn, and was led by the cornets from the Volunteer Band.

The clergy in the procession were the Bishop of Salisbury, who was accompanied by the Rev. G. Myers, carrying the pastoral staff. Precentor Carpenter, the Hon. and Rev. Canon Gordon, Archdeacon Buchanan, Subdean Bourne, Succentor Lakin, Canon Sidebotham (Mentone), Rev. W. J. Birkbeck, Rev. J. D. Morrice, Rev. H. J. Trueman, Rev. H. C. Bush, Rev. E. E. Dorling, Rev. S. Baker, Rev. J. H. Thomas, Rev. S. J. Buchanan, Rev. P. A. C. Ellis, Rev. W. K. S. Majendie, Rev. H. E. Hadow, Rev. H. A. Caryl, and Rev. A. B. Portman. The Dean was present at the service, but did not take part in the procession.

The service was intoned[6]> by the Rev. E. E. Dorling, and the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis were sung to Smart in B flat.

The proper Psalms were xx., ci., and cxxi. The Rev. J. D. Morrice read the first lesson, Joshua i. 10 ; and Archdeacon Buchanan the second lesson, Romans xiii. 11. The anthem was “Zadok the Priest”, the Coronation Anthem composed by Handel in honour of George the Second. The special hymns included the Bishop of Wakefield’s Diamond Jubilee hymn “King of Kings”, which was sung as an offertory hymn to music composed by Sir Arthur Sullivan.

The other noticeable feature in the musical portion of the service was the magnificent rendering of the National Anthem by the augmented choir and the congregation, the organ music (played by Mr. South) being supplemented by brass instruments and drums of the 1st W.R. Volunteer band.

The Lord Bishop of the Diocese (Dr. Wordsworth) preached a powerfully appropriate sermon from Proverbs xvi. 12, “The Throne is established in righteousness.”

The citizens spent Monday in hastening on the de- corations and illuminations, which when completed (as most of them were before Tuesday afternoon) were on a score of grandeur and brilliancy that, it was believed, had never been equalled in Salisbury before

Image Credit

By Jean Baptiste Guth [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


[1] The Popular History Of Old & New Sarum. T. J. Northy, Published by the Wiltshire County Mirror & Express Co. Ltd., page 295, 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.

[2] I think R.V. would be Royal Volunteers

[3] This isn’t quite discernible in the scanned text. ‘Red Club’ is the best that I can make out.

[4] According to Northey,

The City Club, which is situated in Catherine Street, was opened in 1592, and is doing a good work among the young men of the city, providing for them wholesome physical and intellectual modes of enjoyment.

[5] The Mr Keynes here was rhe father of the great economist John Maynard Keynes. Keynes’ father was born in Salisbury in 1852[Wikipedia link]. I think some relative of the economist died in the Salisbury Cholera Epidemic

[6] I imagine the meaning of the word ‘intoned’ has changed a bit. I think if yousaid a service was ‘intoned’ today you would be implying it was boring. I don’t think that the writer meant that