From Jubilee to Jubilee

This Website was created in recognition of the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to the throne.

On reflection, it is interesting to discover how the village of Tattenhall and its immediate district celebrated another Jubilee, namely Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. 

From a book entitled ‘The Diamond Jubilee in Cheshire’ which was written and compiled by John H. Cooke, we can discover the ways in which our local communities marked this historic event in the late nineteenth century. 


In Tattenhall:

A tea was provided in a tent on the Flacca Field, Tattenhall Hall, for all the inhabitants of the parish who chose to attend, the cost of which was defrayed by public subscription, after which sports were held, consisting of foot races, jumping competitions etc.

The names of Councillors and Officials in office on Jubilee Day, 1897, comprised:

Parish CouncilJohn Cooke (Chairman), Tattenhall Hall; John Aldersey (Innkeeper); Rev. Charles J Arnold (The Rector); John Baker (Baker); Thomas Booth Brierley (Surgeon); William Richardson Challinor (Innkeeper); Thomas Moore Dutton (Solicitor); John Lightfoot (Grocer); George Mosford (Farmer); Arthur Woollam (Farmer)

Rural District Councillors – Robert Oliver Orton (JP); John Mosford

Official – Roland Willis (Relieving Officer and Registrar)

At Bolesworth Castle:

Festivities at Bolesworth Castle were a regular feature, there having been Jubilee Fetes on the occasions of both the Golden and the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

In 1897 there were, in fact, 2 celebratory Fetes, the first in February to celebrate Robert Barbour’s coming of age, followed by the Fete in June to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. It was standard practice to provide Tea for the Children and Adults, followed by Dancing and Sports (open to the Tenants and Workmen on the Estate). One such race was for women over 60 years of age, the winner receiving 1lb of Tea.

In Chester:

In context, there were significant celebrations in Chester itself with an Accession Service at the Cathedral, various Thanksgiving Services throughout the City, a ‘merry peal’ of the Cathedral bells, a profusion of bunting, bands, processions and merrymakers together with a Royal Salute and Military Parade. In addition, there was an illuminated river carnival in the evening when, following the firing of a cannon at The Royal Chester Rowing Club, a procession of steamers and boats moved along the river. The City Gates were illuminated and there was an electric light flash in the Crows’ Nest of the Town Hall. Many individuals also viewed the bonfires of Moel Famau and upon other hills during the course of the evening. Children enjoyed splendid teas and were awarded Jubilee medals throughout the City and the Market Hall was transformed into a huge banqueting hall for 2000 citizens aged 60 and upwards. For those old people who were too infirm or sick and could not be present, then there were presentations of well stocked baskets of meat. Notwithstanding all of the above, there was the ceremonious handing over to the Mayor, as Custodian of the City, the ‘Clock and Tower’ which were erected on the Eastgate in honour of the Diamond Jubilee.

And now:                                                                                            

The 2012 ‘Programme of Events’ which outlines the ways in which Tattenhall celebrated the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II (31 May – 7 June inclusive) can be viewed by simply clicking on the ‘Programme of Events’ above. This packed programme was authorised by the Tattenhall and District Parish Council. 

The names of the Councillors and Officials in office on Jubilee Day, 2012, comprised:

Parish Council – Graham Spencer (Chairman), Neil Matthews and Andy Scarratt (Vice Chairmen), Patricia Black, Bob Blackhurst, Sheila Chapman, Jonathan Fell, Doug Haynes, Alison Pritchard, David Thomson, Carol Weaver

Representing Newton by Tattenhall – Tim Charmley, Andy Scarratt, Norman Sharp

Representing Goborne Bellow – Neil Goodwin, Neil Matthews

Clerk – Jean Dutton

Cheshire West and Chester Council – Representing Tattenhall Ward – Mike Jones

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