THE JUBILEE From: The New annual register, or General repository of history, politics, and literature, by John Stockdale, October 1809 The happy event of a British monarch's entrance into the 50th year of his reign, an event which has occurred but twice before in the long and splendid history of this country, was celebrated by all ranks of people throughout every part of the united kingdom, in a manner worthy of an amiable, patriotic, and venerable king, and a loyal and enlightened nation. The day was one of the finest imaginable for the season, and favoured the public expressions of satisfaction in the highest degree. The celebration was announced in this great metropolis by the pealing of bells, the hoisting of flags, and the assembling of the various bodies of regular troops, and the different corps of volunteers, throughout the town. The forenoon was dedicated to public worship and the acknowledgement of the Divine Providence (exemplified in the protection of his majesty's person, and of the many national blessings almost exclusively enjoyed by the inhabitants of the united kingdom) in every parish-church and chapel: and we add, that among the various classes of dissenters of all persuasions, we have heard of no exception to the general loyalty and piety of the day. Indeed, we sincerely believe, that the blessings of toleration are too deeply fell, and the advantages of the British constitution too generally acknowledged, to give room for any material difference of opinion in any respectable portion of society.All the shops were closed. The lord mayor and the whole civic body went in procession to St. Paul's; and it was truly gratifying, amidst the multitudes in the streets, of both sexes of every rank and description, to see the children of our innumerable charitable institutions walking to their respective places of divine worship. Piety and Charity must ever go hand in hand; and for this reason we are well pleased with the celebration of an event, which is the cause of general and national hospitality and benevolence. This is, in fact, the true nature, the best blessing, and the nearest resemblance to the origin and ancient practice of a Jubilee. The annals of no nation, we fondly believe, when the accounts reach us from different parts of the empire, will be found to have exhibited greater mark-- of the best virtues that enrich the human heart. The debtor has been set free; the hungry have been fed; and the naked, in many instances, have been clothed! In all such cases, vanity and fashion may have led some to acts of generosity; but we should not be over scrupulous in our inquiries into the motives of conferring general benefit, and producing happiness to thousands, though it be but for a day. We are satisfied, that to the general character of our countrymen and countrywomen, no such suspicion even attaches; and that the blessing of "him that has none to help him," will fall upon no small number. Such an union of piety and charity, while it is a comfort to ourselves individually, bring out, and,makes a happy exposition to Europe and the world, of the national character of Britons ; and thus combining moral and political good, is, we believe, in a word, "that righteousness which exalteth a nation."
"O God, in whose hands are the issues of life and death, and to whom alone it belongeth to distribute mercies, as well in lengthening as in shortening the days of men; we yield thee praise and thanks giving for the protection thou hast vouchsafed to our gracious sovereign during a long and arduous reign. Continue, we pray thee, thy watchfulness over him: shield him from the open attacks of his enemies, and from hidden dangers —from the arrow that flieth by day, and from the pestilence that walketh in darkness; enlighten his councils for the public good: strengthen all his measures; and when it shall seem fit to thine unerring wisdom, perfect the ends of both, the restoration of peace and security to his people, of concord and independence to contending and bleeding nations. These blessings and mercies we implore for our sovereign, ourselves, our allies, and our enemies, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.—Amen."
Below are excerpts from An account of the celebration of the jubilee, on the 25th October, 1809; being the forty-ninth anniversary of the reign of George the third, collected and published by a lady, the wife of a naval officer, printed in 1810.Preface To those patriotic spirits who manifested their gratitude and joy when their beloved Sovereign entered on the Jubilee Year of his Reign, not in riot and intemperance, but in acts of beneficence and devotion, it is presumed that the following compilation will not be an unacceptable publication. To rescue from the fugacious and perishing pages of a newspaper, such speaking details of national loyalty; to incorporate them with similar accounts collected from private authorities; and to compress the whole within a convenient compass, at the same time that it pays a becoming tribute of justice to individuals, may render no inconsiderable service to history: for thus the liberality of the present day will be transmitted to the latest posterity, and ages yet unborn may learn, that whatever be the failings of our times, want of attachment to virtue and goodness in the person of a revered Sovereign, cannot be ranked amongst the number.
Four Street Men. Constables. City's Banners. The River Fencibles, commanded by Commodore Lucas, in new uniforms. Band of Music, West London Militia, commanded by Col. Newnham. Eight City Trumpeters. City's Banners. Four Marshals' Men. Six Footmen in State Liveries. Upper City Marshal on Horseback. Lord Mayor's State Coach. The Aldermen past the Chair. The Recorder. The Aldermen below the Chair. The Sheriffs, in their elegant State Carriages. Chamberlain, Comptroller, and City Law Officers. Twelve Constables. Two Marshals' Men. , Under City Marshal on horseback.The Members of the Common Council to the number of 160, in carriages, in their violet gowns, closed the procession.In the large space between the iron gates and great west door of the Cathedral, the West London Militia received his Lordship and the rest of the procession, with presented arms. On entering the great west door of the Cathedral, his Lordship was received by the Dean and Chapter. The centre aisle to the choir was lined on each side by the River Fencibles. An appropriate Sermon was preached by his Lordship's Chaplain, from the 8th chapter of the 2d of Kings, verse 66': The Coronation Anthem was performed previous to the Sermon by the full Choir with great effect. The procession returned about three o'clock in the same order. At five o'clock the Corporation were introduced up the Grand Staircase, in front of the Mansion-house; the trumpets sounding during their entrance into the vestibule. The building had been previously decorated with a splendid 'illumination, consisting of elegant devices of the oak, thistle, and shamrock, coloured lamps, in the centre a radiant display of G. R. and the crown, with "Long may he reign." The pillars were tastefully ornamented with wreaths of lamps; the whole was much admired for its general grandeur and effect. On entering the grand saloon, which was lined by the band of the West London Militia, playing God save the King, Rule Britannia, &;c. the company were individually received by the Lord Mayor, in his robes of state, with that affability, politeness, and attention, that distinguish this worthy Chief Magistrate. The saloon was brilliantly lighted with several large Grecian lamps, beautifully painted, and displaying a scene at once novel and elegant. At half past five o'clock the doors of the magnificent Egyptian Hall were thrown open, illuminated by the blaze of innumerable lamps, tastefully arranged round the pillars, and the elegant lustres and chandeliers suspended from the roof. The tables were laid out with the greatest taste, and covered with an elegant dinner; the whole of which was served upon plate,with a plentiful supply of Madeira, &c. The band continuing during the whole time to play several delightful military and other airs. After the cloth was removed, Non Nobis Domine, was charmingly sung. The Lord Mayor then gave—"The King—God bless him, and long may he reign!" which was drank with three times three; and with exulting enthusiasm, amidst thunders of applause, that continued unabated for a considerable length of time.— After this effusion of loyal feeling had subsided, the national anthem of God save the King was performed by the professional gentlemen present, with appropriate additional verses for the occasion, the whole company standing, and joining in the chorus with the most heartfelt zeal, accompanied by the animating sounds of the military bands. A general order was issued by the Lords of the Admiralty, that all our brave tars, in the ports of Great Britain, should be regaled with roast beef, plum pudding, and a pint of wine, or half a pint of rum, in addition to their usual allowance. —The Governor and Directors of the Bank of England allowed their clerks, 927 in number, one guinea each, for a dinner, to celebrate the Jubilee day—The Directors of the Royal Exchange Insurance Fire Office gave each of their clerks ten guineas, their messengers five guineas each, and their firemen one guinea each, to celebrate the day. —The Marshal of the King's Bench, with his usual liberality, ordered a fine ox, with a butt of porter, bread, &c. to be distributed in the prison, with the very praise-worthy intention of enabling those prisoners whose circumstances would not allow them to participate in the general festivity of the Jubilee, to commemorate that auspicious day with satisfaction. The Corporation of the City of London presented the Society for the relief and discharge of Debtors with the sum of £1000. And the Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, presented the same fund with the sum of £500. By the liberality of Sir James Shaw, Bart. the president, and under the humane superintendence of R. Baldwin, Esq. the treasurer, the patients in Bartholomew's Hospital (near 500 in number) were regaled, (as far as was consistent with their respective maladies) with excellent roast beef and plum-pudding, a pint of porter to each female, and a quart to each male patient capable of enjoying it, every tiling being conducted with great comfort and regularity. The Members of the Royal Academy dined together in their Council Chamber, at Somerset-house, to celebrate the Jubilee. The children in Christ's Hospital, after hearing Divine Service, and a sermon, by the Rev. James Crowther, were regaled, to the number of 700, in their great hall, with plenty of excellent roast beef and plum puddings (of which there were no less than 80). After dinner the youths were brought up in divisions of about 30, and received a glass of wine each, the elder boy of each class, as they advanced to the table where it was distributed, ascended a bench, and gave as a toast, "To the King; long may he reign!" which was succeeded by a universal shout from the boys at large, each being served with a glass of wine in the most perfect order. The song of "God save the King," was impressively and delightful sung by a select party of the boys, the whole joining in the chorus, in a manner which at once charmed and affected the feelings of the auditory. The greatest credit is due to the Treasurer and Governors, who superintended and regulated this festivity, and who appeared fully rewarded for the pains they took, by the gladdened countenances and innocent joy felt by their numerous and interesting family. THE ILLUMINATIONS Day-light was scarcely gone, when the full blaze burst forth upon the eye, in all the skill of art, and in all the radiant splendour and varied magnificence of the general illumination of the.British capital. Hands could hardly be procured to light up the innumerable lamps. All the customary demonstrations of popular satisfaction were abundantly exhibited. Those who recollect similar displays after the recovery of the Monarch's health, and the several naval victories, require no description. Those who have not witnessed such a sight may find some gratification in the perusal of the details which are given. The pillars of the portico in front of the Mansion House were encircled with rows of lamps, and the interstices decorated with golden vases and bouquets of oak, thistle, shamrock, &c. intermixed with flowers. In the centre was a large tablet, with,an illuminated inscription, "Long may he reign," over which was the crown, &c. —The, illumination of Lloyd's, on the north front of the Exchange, was appropriate and magnificent. In the centre, opposite Bartholomew-lane, was the representation of, the stern of a ship in full sail, 40 feet high from the keel to the maintop, with a long pendant flying. On the stern was inscribed Jubilee, 50, Lloyd's. On the right was a large compartment, illuminated, with the motto "Ships, Colonies, and Commerce;" and on the left, one with the inscription, "Long Jive the King." At each end of the building G. R. and the crown above. In other spaces were placed anchors, cables, stars, &c. The novelty of the design of the ship, and the brilliant; effect of the whole of this exhibition, created universal admiration.— The south front of, the Royal Exchange, facing Cornhill, was also decorated in a most splendid manner; the pillars and outlines of the building were finished with variegated lamps, and under the "archway in the centre hung a large illuminated anchor and trident, surmounted by a British Ensign. On the steeple was hoisted the Royal Standard. —The Bank of England was elegant and superb. The entablatures, ballustrades and arches, were all marked with lines of lamps, and the columns encircled with serpentine wreaths. In the centre was a very large brilliant star and crown, with the motto, "God save the King." All the pediments and the recesses behind the pillars, in Threadneedle-street, Bartholomew-lane, and Princes-street were ornamented with stars and other devices. The new circular portico, at the corner of Prince's street and Threadneedle-street, was very tastefully decorated. The building opposite exhibited, on a grand tablet, "God preserve the King." The wall of Grocer's Hall Garden, was adorned with the royal emblems." The Sun and the Imperial Fire Offices, and all the neighbouring buildings, lent their aid to this most dazzling and interesting scene. —The illuminations at the Post Office displayed Very great taste; and fancy. The whole of the covered passage leading: to the office Was decorated-with arched festoons, richly hung with variegated lamps. The front was also Ornamented in a brilliant and appropriate manner. —-The illuminations of 'Mercers' Hall, in Cheapside', were well designed, and beautifully adorned by a splendid display Of lamps. A transparency containing a full-length portrait of his Majesty in his; state robes, under which was, "Long live the King". —The Admiralty was particularly splendid; the grand colonnade at the entrance of the hall being ornamented with spiral rows of different colours, from the ground to the top, amounting, it is said, to 3000 for each pillar, and the minor colonnade in front being also decorated in a splendid manner. -—The illuminations at the British Museum were not inferior to that of any other in point of simplicity and elegance. The front of the gateway forming a triumphal arch, had a row of lamps on every architectural line. In the pediment were the letters G. R. and on the angle at the top of the pediment was a brilliant crown, within the arch, on a transparency, were the words Vota publica quinquaquagies suscepta. —Covent Garden Theatre was lighted up by rows of lamps round the window frames, &c- —The Horse Guards, towards Whitehall, had a motto in the centre, "God save the King," with G. R. crown, &c. &c. On each wing, the crown, &c. &c. were repeated with superb festoons. The Treasury and Office for the Home Department were tastefully decorated. —City of London Tavern. A transparency, 12 feet by 9, painted by Howard, R. A. above appears a figure of Time, unrolling a scroll, on which is written "Jubilee;" immediately under, Britannia is placing a wreath of honour on a colossal bust of his Majesty; on the right. the City of London, accompanied by a figure of Commerce, is represented returning thanks to Providence for the many blessings of his reign; on the left, Science and the Arts are looking up to him as their Patron and Protector, and one of the group is tracing on the pedestal, "Inscribed by a grateful People to their King and Father, on entering the 50th year of his reign, October 25, 1809." — The whole front of Vauxhall Gardens was so mechanically arranged as to represent a brilliant temple of loyalty, upwards of 70 feet in height, closely studded with variegated lamps, each compartment displaying different splendid and appropriate devices, in number exactly fifty, and terminating with an imperial crown, and other regal insignia. This had a very grand and striking effect, as the crown alone contained upwards of 1000 lamps.—The most general decorations were the Crown and G. R. and the mottos were mostly the same as those given. It is impossible to enter into further particulars of these numerous exhibitions of loyalty and splendour.
Another account, Jubilee jottings: The jubilee of George the Third. 25th October, 1809, was printed in 1887 by Thomas Preston. With a clarity of recollection that comes with time, he recounts the same events, if not with the same breathless enthusiasm of our first hand observers, with an attention to detail and narrative style that is easy to read and imagine. From him, we get further descriptions of the illuminations-- not only how they appeared, but how they were prepared for and presented.The Georgian Jubilee When it became probable that George III. would live to complete his Jubilee as King, the exact date and mode of celebration began to occupy public attention. And, oddly enough, the first general indication that the subject was really being thought about was a sudden rise in the tallow market. This was in March, 1809, when the tallow merchants and tallow chandlers began to accumulate large stores in anticipation of the expected great demand for candles in October. The price went up three-halfpence per pound, and this brought the subject home to every household; for at that time gas was a novelty and the tallow candle was the principal artificial indoor light. Sixteen shillings for a dozen pounds was the wholesale price, but this high figure only lasted about a month. It was proposed that as candles were so dear there should be no general illumination, and the suggestion being generally acquiesced in, the price of candles only went up a halfpenny per pound about a month before the Jubilee Day. But before this rise the directors of the Bank of England had laid in 19,200 lbs. of candles, as their stock for September and October! The Jubilee rejoicings, however, had begun on the 4th June, the King's birthday, when there was a splendid fete at Bombay, given by the Governor. It was attended by ambassadors from all parts of the Indian Empire, and from neighbouring countries. The Orientals looked upon the long reign as a proof of Divine favour, and were most enthusiastic in their congratulations. An eye-witness wrote at the time that "the Jubilee at Bombay was celebrated with the greatest judgment, taste, splendour, and effect." As in 1809 so in 1887—India has been first in celebrating the Royal Jubilee. The Preparations As soon as it was settled that the 25th October, 1809, was to be the Jubilee Day the more active preparations wore begun, though at first there was not much energy displayed, and many proposals were taken up in a halfhearted way, which presaged failure. In explanation of this comparative inertness, it must be admitted that the country could hardly be said to have been in a condition for rejoicing of any kind, much less for entering heart and soul into the festivities of a National Jubilee. The health of the King was certainly still precarious, and his failing sight made it quite impossible for him to attend, so as to appreciate, any public spectacle, and the Princess Amelia was at Weymouth, visibly wasting away. Many homes were in mourning for relatives lost in the terrible wars which were devastating the Continent, and not bringing too much glory to our troops: while at home both food and fuel were dear. Still, compared with other European nations, the people of this land had, after all, good cause for rejoicing, and this feeling is prominently observable throughout the records of the national festivities. The Addresses to the King, the speeches at the banquets and at the village feasts, and the songs that were sung, all had the same burden, "Badly off as we are, is there another nation under the sun so happy and so free?" The Jubilee Morn Wednesday, the 25th of October, broke brightly and gave promise of fine weather. At day-dawn the bats, owls, and magpies in the old church tower of Berkhampstead must have been literally knocked off their perches when the crash of tho cannon which had been planted on the church roof woke the echoes, and saluted the morn with fifty rounds. This hankering after high places was also displayed by the bands of musicians who climbed to the parapets of the churches and played as lustily as they could "that beautiful ode, God save the King." Sometimes the anthem, "May the King live for ever," was given by the village choir from the church steeple at sunrise, doubtless to the great delight of the loyal early risers. This singular style of jubilation was observed at Berkhampstead, Plymouth, Axminster, Haughton, Stafford, and other places. The legitimate purpose of the church towers and steeples, namely, to fling forth what Charles Lamb so sweetly calls the "Music nighest bordering upon heaven," was by no means forgotten. Every peal of bells in the kingdom was kept going, by relays of ready ringers, who took a pride in making the number of changes some multiple of fifty. At Southampton "grandsire triples" and "triple bob majors" made merry music all day long. The ringers must indeed have required an unlimited supply of the oft-mentioned "strong beer" to have been able to ring out, as they did, 1809 complete clangs on the sweet bells of Bromsgrove. On the Jubilee Day of 1809 upwards of 2,000 poor people were feasted and made happy in this building. One hundred of the principal inhabitants, wearing scarves on which were embroidered the legend "God save the King," acted as carvers and stewards. The "strong beer" was supplied in numerous hogsheads, from which were filled clean scoured pails, placed at convenient distances along the tables. The scene was described as "presenting one of the grandest and most interesting sights that ever human eye delighted in." Hats were waved and nine hearty cheers were given in response to the Bang's health, which "produced a spontaneous gush of joyful tears from all that either partook of the feast or witnessed the rapturous enjoyment." At the same time, similar scenes on a smaller scale were being witnessed in the towns; and, in the villages, though the numbers assembled were necessarily less, yet the enjoyment was quite as great. The Illuminations Although there was at first some opposition to the proposed general illumination, partly on account of the cost, and partly for fear of the rabble, popular opinion was unmistakably in favour of it, and the Times on the day after the Rejoicings gave a glowing account of the Festivities. Speaking of the illuminations, it says that "Daylight was scarcely gone when the full blaze burst forth upon the eye, in all the skill of art, and in all the radiant splendour and varied magnificence of the general illumination of the British Capital." For some weeks previously the newspapers had published advertisements of special devices—Japanese lamps, lamp frames, and chandeliers for illumination. In private houses the usual plan was to fix in every window a candle in a tin sconce, while the more elaborate arrangements included tin chandeliers made to hold five, seven, or more specially made Jubilee candles, and these were hung in the windows. For out-door illuminations coloured lamps, made for the purpose, were filled with oil and supplied with a floating wick, or fitted with dumpy candles like our night lights. These lamps were hung on long nails fixed in boards, and arranged according to roughly drawn and coloured designs. The process of lighting was very tedious. For instance, the Bank of England had 18,000 lamps for their illuminations, and it took all the hands the contractors could get over six hours to complete the lighting. Innumerable transparencies brightened up blank spaces and gave a pleasing variety to the grand spectacle, which seen under the most favourable conditions of wind and weather, was enjoyed by a great, but orderly throng. There was no disturbance of any kind in the streets of the metropolis, and there were no conflagrations reported next day. In the provinces opinion was divided as to the desirability of an illumination. At Wellington candles were distributed gratis, but many towns, including Hull, Wakefield, Warwick, and Shrewsbury, preferred fireworks or bonfires. Lathom House seems to have carried off the bonfire palm. Coal gas as a light for domestic use was quite a novelty, and some towns celebrated the Jubilee by lighting their streets with gas for the first time. It was tried as an experiment in an illumination at Manchester, and spoken of as "a curious preparation called gas."
While many larger cities issued proclamations and made plans for large scale celebrations, the city of Bath is of especial interest:BATH The Mayor and Corporation, accompanied by the Bath Volunteers and the Friendly Societies, thirty-three in number, containing 2,487 members, each Society distinguished by its particular banner and colours, went in grand procession to the Abbey Church. Part of the Societies went to Walcot Church. Collections were made at the doors of both churches for the benevolent purpose of releasing the debtors in the County Gaol. On returning to the Hall, cakes and wine were given to the juvenile part of the procession. The Volunteers marched to the Crescent Field, where they fired a feu de joie; and the members of the Friendly Societies departed to their respective club-rooms, in which they dined together in much harmony; each man received Is. 6d. towards his expenses from the public subscription. Between 200 and 300 persons, including children of the Sunday School, were regaled at dinner by the managers of the Argyle Chapel. The Sheriffs, George Cook and George Lye, Esquires, generously opened the prison doors of the city, and at their own costs released every debtor. The Mayor and Corporation, the Clergy, and a select party, dined at the White Hart. In the evening there was a ball at the Town Hall. Jubilee medals and sashes were generally worn. The sashes were worn across the shoulders, and were made of purple satin ribbon about two inches wide, and were inscribed in gold lace letters with the words, "For the glorious Jubilee of our beloved and adored Sovereign, King George The Third. England rejoice as a favoured nation. 25th October, 1809." The following Address was transmitted to the King by the Earl Camden, Recorder of Bath.
To the KING'S Mot t Excellent Majesty. Sire, THE Mayor, Aldermen, and Common Council of your Majesty's loyal and ancient City of Bath, in special Hall assembled, again approach the Throne with the strongest Expression of Respect and Gratitude. Respect for your eminent Virtues, and Gratitude to God who has prolonged a Life fo justly dear to every Briton, and enabled him joyfully to celebrate the Commencement of the Fiftieth Year of your Reign. The Annals of this Kingdom present but few Instances of a Reign marked by the like Duration; none in which Events so momentous have occurred, and Difficulties so numerous have been encountered. Yet whatever Distradlion has seized, whatever Anarchy overthrown other Governments of Europe, we have happily seen, during your Majesty's just and equitable Sway, the general Face of the Kingdom amended; the Intercourse of Places far remote facilitated; Agriculture improved, and the barren Heath made fertile: We behold not only useful Commerce, but the polite Arts luxuriantly flourish; and, above all, we feel a conscious Pride that our national Faith has never been broken, nor our Honour sullied. These are Benefits which we have enjoyed from the Fortitude and Zeal of a good and patriotic King, to whose Example, and strict Regard to religious Duties we presume to attribute the Blessing of being considered by the Almighty as a favoured People; and that this Empire is preserved unimpaired amidst the Wreck and Desolation of other Parts of the civilized World. We with Pleasure recollect, that when your Majesty ascended the Throne of this Realm, you exultingly said, " Born and educated in the Country, I glory in the Name of a Briton." We have now, for nearly Half a Century, felt the Truth of that Declaration; and, who, that merits the name of a Briton, but mull glory in such a King! Permit us, Sire, to conclude: May every blessing distinguish the Period of your Majesty's Reign that can result from a Life of Virtue and an Age of Honour! I This is our earnest Prayer: our fervent Hope is, that your illustrious family may continue as immortal in these Islands as the Liberties and Constitution it has so long protected and so firmly maintained! Given under our Common Seal of the said City this 30th Day of October, in the Fiftieth Year of your Majesty's Reign.Jubilee Medals Amongst other memorials of King George's Jubilee still to be found in the museums, or preserved as heirlooms, are the medals and tokens which were struck in honour of the occasion. A good specimen of these souvenirs is a gold locket of octagon shape about an inch and a-half long, and one and a quarter wide. On the obverse side is inserted, under glass, a portrait of the King, and on the back is engraved George III in the 50th year of his reign stamp'd by the hand of nature. Jubilee Medals were struck at Birmingham, Gloucester, and Tewkesbury, and at the Mint on Tower Hill. Two of the best are hero reproduced in facsimile, they are both beautifully engraved. George III Jubilee Medal On the reverse of this medal, "50" should be "50th." A splendidly cut wreath of oak leaves and acorns surrounds the words, Grand National Jubilee Oct 25, 1809, and the wreath is bound together by a ribbon on which is inscribed Give God Praise. This same medal was also struck in gold and silver, and there are some specimens of it in silver gilt. George III And Queen Charlotte Jubilee Medal The other medal, here engraved, is hardly as well executed as the former. The likeness of the Queen is however excellent. On the reverse is a somewhat straggling wreath of oak encircling the following inscription: GRAND NATIONAL JUBILEE, Celebrated Oct. 25, A.d. 1809, In Commemoration Of The Accession Of His Majesty King George The Third To The Throne Op The Imperial Realms Of Great Britain And Ireland, October 25th, 1760.
Our final view of the celebrations comes from George Freeston’s contributions to ‘Round and About’ the Blisworth Village Magazine (Spring 1977, Issue No 6). Perhaps these celebrations most closely resemble the exuberance a small town like Chawton might have shown in celebrating their beloved monarch's reign:"Through village records of past Royal occasions I see that the people of Blisworth never failed in ‘celebrating well’ the special day. George III had his Jubilee in 1809. (I don’t think any of you will remember that). The morning was ushered in at an early hour by the ringing of the church bells and the flag was hoisted on the tower. At 10am a fat sheep ‘dead’ was drawn around the village preceded by the church band and much flag waving. The sheep was duly roasted whole and distributed among the poor people with bread and butter in equal proportions to each family. The women of the village were also provided with cake and tea at a street party. The ‘respectable’ inhabitants gathered at the ‘Grafton Arms’ for their supper, and harmony and convivial mirth crowned the festivities of the day."
Compiled by Laura Boyle.
- *The Lady Magazine: Now that's a Celebration
- The New annual register, or General repository of history, politics, and literature, by John Stockdale, October 1809
- An account of the celebration of the jubilee, on the 25th October, 1809; being the forty-ninth anniversary of the reign of George the third, collected and published by a lady, the wife of a naval officer, 1810, by A Lady
- Jubilee jottings: The jubilee of George the Third. 25th October, 1809, 1887, by Thomas Preston
- ‘Round and About’ the Blisworth Village Magazine (Spring 1977, Issue No 6)