25th January 1842 - celebrations in Salisbury for the christening of Edward VII

King Edward as a childOn 25th January 1842 there was ‘great public rejoicing’ in Salisbury to celebrate the christening of the Prince of Wales, who was to become Edward VII.

Northey, as ever, has a good description of the day:

There was great public rejoicing, too, in the city on January 25th, 1842, when the christening of the Prince of Wales was celebrated.

Loyal salutes in the Market Place ushered in the dawn of the auspicious day, and soon the sound of joyous music from the church bells in the fine old city floated on the air.

There was the inevitable procession through the public streets, dinners at the inns, and a free entertainment of music at the Council Chamber in the evening, the whole winding up, as usual, with a grand pyrotechnic exhibition on the Green Croft.

A generous public had subscribed for the occasion no less a sum than £800, and after the entertainments described had been provided for, the organisers of the festivities were enabled to gladden the hearts of M,000 persons with presents of beef, bread, beer and coals[1]

Image Credit

Franz Xaver Winterhalter [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., 1897. Available digitally on the Internet Archive - URL: https://archive.org/stream/popularhistoryof00nort/popularhistoryof00nort_djvu.txt.