Updated 5 Dec 2007
WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900
Queen Victoria's Jubilee at Wirksworth 1887
03 Wirksworth, St John Street,
1887. Celebrational Arch for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee
on 20 June 1887. The arch reads: "Victoria Queen", "Ich Dien"
and probably "1837-1887"
07 Wirksworth, North End 1887.
Celebrational Arch for Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee on 20 June 1887.
The arch reads: "Our God and Queen and Country" and
Program of Festivities for the Jubilee of Queen Victoria
held at Wirksworth 21 June 1887.
6 a.m.- Peal of Bells
7.0 to- The Wirksworth United Brass Band and the Annesley
9.45 Band will play the National Anthem and selections of
music in the Market Place and other parts of the Town.
9.45- Persons intending to join in the Procession to Church
will assemble between the corner of North End and the
10.0- The Procession to Church will be in the following order:
1.- The Wirksworth United Brass Band.
2.- The Local Board and Public Officers.
3.- The Sunday School Teachers.
4.- The Annesley Brass Band.
5.- The Friendly Societies, viz.-
(a) Lodge of Liberty.
(b) King's Lodge.
(d) Star of Wirksworth.
6.- The Tradesmen and Town's People.
The Procession will start from the Town Hall and walk to Church
being met at the Lich Gates by the Clergy and Choir. The Choir
will sing Hymn 212 as a Processional.
10.30- DIVINE SERVICE. At the close, the National Anthem
with additional verses, specially written for the
Jubilee, will be sung; the Organ being reinforced
by the Wirksworth United Brass Band.
The Church doors will not be opened before 10.30 am
11.30.- The Procession will return to the Market Place, and
proceed along Coldwell Street and North End.
12.15.- Holders of Dinner Tickets will assemble at the
Town Hall or Auction Room as may be named on
1.15.- The Queen's health will be proposed at each place.
2.30.- The Children and Teachers of the Church Sunday
Schools will start from the National School proceeded
by the Annesley Brass Band, and will be joined
en route by the Children of the other Schools.
(a) Church Sunday School.
(b) Congrgational Sunday School.
(c) Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School.
(d) Baptist Sunday School.
(e) Primitive Methodist Sunday School.
(f) United Metodist Free Church Sunday School.
(g) Children attending no Sunday School.
And march to the Market Place. The Clubs
and other bodies intending to take part in the
Procession to the Recreation Ground will assemble
in Church Street and Coldwell Street, and walk,
headed by the Wirksworth United Brass Band, to
the Market Place after the Children. Children
not belonging to any Sunday School will assemble
in the Town Hall and fall in in the rear of the
3.- A Congratulatory Address to her Majesty will be moved by
Mr Wheatcroft and seconded by Dr Webb.
The National Anthem will be sung by the Children
in the Market Place.
3.15- The procession will start from the Market Place in the
1.- The Annesley Brass Band.
2.- The Trustees of the Recreation Ground.
3.- The Members of the Local Board and Town Officers.
4.- The friendly Societies
(in the same order as in the morning, a to d).
5.- The wirksworth Brass Band.
6.- The Sunday Schools (in same order as before, a to g)
3.45- On arriving at the Ground, the Procession will form up
in a hollow square, and the Chairman of the Local
Board will deliver a short Address, and plant a
4.15- Tea, first relay.
5.- Tea, second relay.
5 to 8.-Athletic Sports and Children' Amusements.
10.- First Rocket and Lighting of Fire on Alport Heights.
12.- GOD SAVE THE QUEEN.
The Brass Bands will play selections of Music, and the Church
Bells ring, at intervals throughout the day.
W. SEALY FISHER.
Master of Ceremonies.
In 1887, the United Kingdom and the British Empire celebrated
Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. Victoria marked 20 June 1887
'the fiftieth anniversary of her accession' with a banquet, to
which fifty European kings and princes were invited.
In 1897, Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and sixtieth
anniversary of accession.
The Program of Festivities in 1887 in Wirksworth began with
a Peal of Bells from the Church at 6 in the morning, and finished
at midnight with singing of God Save the Queen after 2 hours of
fireworks on Alport Heights. Two Brass Bands playing at 7am ensured
no-one stayed late in bed.
Dinner in the Town Hall began at 12.30 for "300 old and poor men
and women of Wirksworth" and the Loyal Toast was proposed at 1.15pm.
David Wardman writes:
The Wirksworth Recreation Ground Trust which manages the Recreation
Ground dates from Her Majesty's Jubilee of 1887. The ground was donated by
Mr Alfred Arkwright,
and the original Trustees were
Frederic Charles Arkwright,
Henry Alfred Hubbersty,
Anthony Maclean Alsop,
Henry Beesley and
William Webb M.D.
The minutes of the first meeting of the Trustees held on 23 February 1887
record acceptance of a donation from
Mr Joseph Wheatcroft
of £200 towards the erection of a new pavilion. At a subsequent public
meeting held in the Town Hall on 16 March 1887 it was agreed to appeal for
donations to the fund for the cost of the pavilion and the cost of
festivities to be held on 21 June 1887. The festivities were to include
dinner for "300 old and poor men and women of Wirksworth" and tea for
"children numbering about 1,000". The Programme clearly shows a full day
In all of the printed documents produced by the Trustees concerning the
Jubilee, the monarch is only referred to as "Her Majesty" or "The Queen".
However in the "Form of Thanksgiving and Prayer" to be used by all
"Churches and Chapels in England and Wales and in the Town of
Berwick-upon-Tweed" the monarch is mentioned by name.
Apparently she was called Victoria.
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