23rd June 1887 – Salisbury celebrates Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee – Day 2

20090115071604!Queen_Victoria_Golden_Jubilee.jpg On 23rd June 1887 Salisbury continued to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee[1].

19th Century historian TJ Northy relates:

The following day (Thursday) there was a children’s demonstration. Shortly after three, the schools began to assemble in the Market Place, according to a plan that had been previously issued by Sergeant-Major Ball and Mr. A. Wheeler (St. Edmund’s Schools).

We give the plan (which placed the children in groups) in order that readers might form an idea as to the number of schools in the city at the time :

Group A consisted of Choristers’ School, Godolphin, Miss Goddard’s, Miss Oldings, Mrs. Miles’, Mrs. Skinner’s, Mr. Bentley’s, Mr. Foreman’s and Mr. Notley’s; Group B, the children from the Alderbury Union ; Group C, the Baptist School, Brown Street; Group D, the Baptist School, Harcourt Terrace and Bethany Hall ; Group E, the Congregational School ; Group F, the Congregational School, Fisherton ; Group G, St. Edmund’s Girls’ School ; Group H, St. Edmund’s Boys’ School ; Group I, St. Edmund’s Infant’s ; Group J, Fisherton Church Girls; Group K, Fisherton Church Boys ; Group L, Fisherton Church Infants; Group M, the Free School; Group N, St. Martin’s Girls’ ; Group O, St. Martin’s Boys’ ; Group P, St. Martin’s Infants’ ; Group Q, St. Martin’s Park ; Group R, St. Osmund’s; Group S, the Primitive Methodists ; Group T, the Salvation Army ; Group U, St. Thomas’ Girls’ ; Group V, St. Thomas’ Boys’ ; Group W, the United Mission ; Group X, the United Methodist ; Group Y, the Wesleyan, Church Street; Group Z, the Wesleyan, Wilton Road.

The whole of these groups arrived marching four abreast, and entered the Blue Boar Row from the east end, and advanced towards the Market Place. The number of children present was estimated at 3,700, and these were massed into two columns, ten deep, each column facing the other.

At half-past three the children passed in procession through the principal streets, accompanied by the 1st W.R.A. Band, St. Edmund’s Brass Band, Salisbury Tem- perance Brass Band, Salvation Army Band, and the Drum and Fife Band. At quarter-past four they returned to the Market Square, and fifteen ujiimtcs afterwards were feasting to their hearts’ content, the infants who could not accompany the procession having been previously regaled. The youngsters were presented with the mug and plate they had used as mementoes of the occasion.

At quarter-past six the children re-assembled at their schools and were marched to the Market House, where at 7 o’clock Mr. J. M. Hayden (conductor of the Salisbury Vocal Union), gave a capital concert as an appropriate wind-up to the day’s proceedings.

Mr. Hayden conducted, and the orchestra was composed of the following :
1st violins : Mr. Calkin, Miss Calkin, Miss Nellie Harding, Mr. Bentley, Mr. Leach, Mr. F. Sly, and Mr. Smith;
2nd violins : Mr. Woodrow, Mr. AVhite, Mr. Morris, Mr. Harding, Mr. Moore, Mr. Kirby, Mr. Davies, and Mr. A. Scamell,.
Violas : Mr. Walter Harding and Mr. Plowman.

Violincello : Mr. Leonard J. Sly and Mr. J. Scamell.

Double Bass : Mr. Scamell and Mr. Parker.
Clarionets : Mr. Carter and Mr. Orchard.
Flutes : Mr. Kamshaw, Mr. Bartlett and Mr. Moore.
Cornets : Mr. Saunders and Mr. Lovibond.
Trombones : Mr. Williams, Mr. Jerred, and Mr. Davies.
Side Drums : Mr. Archer.
Kettle Drums : Mr. Mills.
The Organ : Mr. Alfred Foley.

The concert over, the Mayor, in the name of those present, thanked all who had contributed to the day’s enjoyment, and Mr. Hayden and Mr. S. B. Atkins acknowledged the compliment.

It need hardly be mentioned that at the Workhouse, Fisherton Asylum, the Infirmary, and other local institutions, where the unfortunate inmates could not join in the day’s festivities, care was taken to signalise the occasion in some appropriate fashion.

So great had been the success attending the Jubilee celebrations that the citizens felt that the Mayor’s efforts should not be allowed to pass without public recognition[2]

Image Credit

Alexander Bassano [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

On the Wikimedia page it says the following: >Description: English: False color image of Queen Victoria: black and white photograph taken near the time of her golden jubilee over-painted with inaccurate colors. Note that the dress should be black with white lace trimmings, not purple. The jewelry, which is of diamonds, has been painted gold by mistake. She is wearing the w:small diamond crown which is almost entirely diamonds: it contains very little gold. The orders on her left shoulder are also wrong: the most visible is the badge of the Order of Victoria and Albert, which has a white ribbon not a blue one, and should be surrounded by diamonds not gold. >Date: 1887 (1882) >Source: Postcard Photo


[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.