Royal knees-ups in Shipton

jubileeticket1887If people know you are associated with the Wychwood Magazine or with the Wychwoods Local History Society, they are inclined to sidle up and, in the manner of the infamous Port Said merchants accosting voyagers to India, whisper, “Pst what do you think of this?” The Arab entrepreneurs were usually offering an introduction to an alluring member of their family. In the Wychwoods it is more usually some piece of Wychwood ephemera which they have come across. Here are two examples which share a common theme and are exactly fifty years apart.

CoronationdayshiptoncelebrationsThe first is a ticket to a Jubilee Dinner in 1887 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria. This was found by Jonathon Willson under some floorboards in his house and, he assures me, not on the mantelpiece. No venue is given although I think we can assume it is the original Beaconsfield Hall which had opened two years before. I consulted the diary of John Calvertt, from Leafield, a diary entitled Rain and Ruin, as he had been a keen supporter of the new hall, to see whether that would confirm the venue, but his diary reported that he had spent the day in London; there he had watched the official procession with four kings and two queens having previously arranged a celebration in Leafield at his Fairspear Farm on 18th June for 270 men (and presumably women) plus 260 children. Wherever the meal was held, note the early hour for dinner and the fact that one had to bring all the accoutrements.

Moving on exactly fifty years, and Shipton is celebrating the Coronation of King George VI. This was held in the grounds of Shipton Court by kind permission of Captain and Mrs D’Arcy Hall. Apologies but I cannot recall who provided this piece of ephemera. The D’Arcy Halls certainly did their bit as members of the local gentry. Mrs H judged the fancy dress parade and presented all the prizes at the end of the day’s activities. Captain H provided a Grand Firework Display. On this occasion we have a few photographs of the events. Firstly there is one showing participants on the Fancy Dress Parade and the second shows older local citizens watching the goings on, probably one of the races. Are you on any of the photographs or perhaps people you know? Keep sidling.

Alan Vickers

April – May 2017

audience1937coronationday2Coronation Day Celebrations Shipton 12 May 1937