Show Reports – Pre 1907

The Wakefield Florists Society held shows for Auriculas (with Polyanthus), Tulips, Pinks, Carnations and Dahlias and many of the members showed at all five. It wasn’t until 1874 that it changed it’s name to include Tulip uniquely, as interest in the other flowers waned. It is the intention to publish details of shows for all these flowers, though because of the work involved the initial emphasis will be on the Tulip. It is not known whether the change in emphasis in any way influenced the formation of the Wakefield Paxton Society in 1877.

Note – when looking at shows individually and sequentially it is usually possible to move backwards and forwards by one year by clicking on the appropriate year displayed on a show post on the left and on the right, immediately below the heading “Home Context…..”. This avoids having to return to this page each time.

Wakefield Florists’ Society

The type of show is shown in brackets after the date. (A) is Auricula, (C) Carnation, (D) Dahlia, (P) Pinks and (T) Tulips.

27 April 1807 (A)  17 August 1807 (C)   2 May 1808 (A)   24 April 1809 (A) 12 August 1809 (C) 29 April 1810 (A)  17 July 1826 (P)

30 April 1827 (A)        1 June 1829  (T) 17 May 1830 (T)     23 May 1831 (T)  30 May 1831 (T)  28 May 1832 (T)  26 May 1834 (T)

11 June 1838 (T)   3 June 1839 (T)    18 May 1840 (T)  25 May 1840 (T)   ? June 1841 (T) 30 May 1843 (T)   26 May 1844 (T) 28 April 1845 (A)
June 1845 (T)

Which Society?

A great detail of research over almost 100 years has taken place  to trace the progress of the Society from its foundation until the present day.

In the 1840s, in addition to reports of the Wakefield Florists’ Society reports can be found of shows held by the Wakefield Floral and Horticultural Society where tulips were exhibited along with vegetables etc. The ‘leading light’ of this society was Mr Barrett, a nurseryman from St Johns. Professional exhibitors were allowed at these shows which were usually held at the Music Salon in Wood Street.

To further complicate the research, in the same period in a single year tulip shows by the Wakefield Florists Society and Wakefield Central Florists Society can be found.

In 1852 the Eastmoor Floral Society was formed, holding a tulip show each year. From 1865 until 1973 it is only reports from this Society which have been located.

It is difficult to determine from some show reports which Society is involved but all the shows identified in this period have been included.

25 May 1846 (T)       31 May 1847 (T)    7 June 1847 (T) 20 September 1847 (D?) Various 1848 (ATPC)   4 June 1849 (T)

26 May 1851 (T)      5 July 1851 (PC)    31 May 1852 (T)  29 May 1854 (T)    11 June 1855 (T) 29 May 1857 (T)       2 June 1857 (T)

31 May 1858 (T)    25 May 1859 (T)      27 May 1860 (T)  4 June 1860 (T)   27 May 1861 (T) ? June 1861 (T)       28 May 1862 (T)

25 May 1863 (T)   23 May 1864 (T)    30? May 1864 (T)   3 June 1865 (T)   ? May 1866 (T) ? May 1868 (T)          ? May 1869 (T)

29 May 1871 (T)

From 1874 all the tulip shows held were by the Wakefield Amateur Tulip Society.

Wakefield (and District) Amateur Tulip Society

All the following shows are Tulip Shows and were held at  the Brunswick Hotel

23 May 1874  24 May 1875 29 May 1876 4 June 1877 27 May 1878  16 June 1879  31 May 1880  6 June 1881  29 May 1882

4 June 1883   2 June 1884  4 June 1885  7 June 1886 13 June 1887   28 May 1888  3 June 1889  27 May 1890  9 June 1891

6 June 1892  22 May 1893  21 May 1894  3 June 1895  26 May 1896  29 May 1897  28 May 1898  3 June 1899  2 June 1900

3 June 1901  2 June 1902  1 June 1903  30 May 1904  5 June 1905  2 June 1906  1 June 1907

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