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Welshpool Horticultural Society show programme
Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre

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Welshpool Horticultural Society Show

Gardening was a popular pastime for Victorians and oftimes a necessity for the poor. Its popularity was reflected by the formation of horticultural societies. One of these was the Welshpool Horticultural Society which held a show and fete on 9th August 1894.

The Society's President was Georgiana Naylor of Leighton Hall (see table below).

Mrs Naylor's husband had been an important local figure, responsible for much of the building in Leighton and making many innovations on his estate.


1891 Census
Leighton Hall, Leighton
Name Position in
household
Marital
status
Age Occupation Place of Birth English/Welsh
speaker
Georgiana Naylor Head Widow 72 Living on own means Shropshire Great Ness English
Margaret Naylor Daughter S 42   Cheshire Liscard English
Frances Naylor Daughter S 33   Lancashire Walton English
Mary Anne Rippon Servant S 46 Domestic Servant Lady's Maid Northamptonshire Geddington English
Sarah Jane Lythgoe Servant S 21 Domestic Servant Lady's Maid Cheshire Weaverham English
Anne Needles Servant S 23 Domestic Servant House Maid Cheshire Birkenhead English
Martha Wainwright Servant S 21 Domestic Servant House Maid Flintshire Overton English
Margaret Jones Servant Widow 32 Domestic Servant Laundry Maid Montgomeryshire Forden English
Hester Susannah (Middleton?) Servant S 31 Domestic Servant Cook Kent Sevenaoks English
Jane Nunn Servant S 25 Domestic Servant Scullery Maid Staffordshire English
Mary Thomas Servant S 21 Domestic Servant Under Laundry Maid Montgomeryshire Kerry English
John Mold Servant S 25 Domestic Servant Groom Shropshire Worthen English
William Jones Servant S 25 Domestic Servant Footman Denbighshire Both

The Show had many entertainments apart from horticultural displays:

Shank's Lawn Mowers
Shank's Lawn Mowers - advert placed by
Thomas J. Evans, Ironmonger, in the WHS programme

Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre

Programme
Programme of the show, including
Presentation of Prizes and Fireworks after dusk

Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre

Full details were given of the music to be played by the bands performing at the Show:

List of Music
List of pieces to be played by the various bands
Powysland Museum and Montgomery Canal Centre

Rock Park bandstand, Llandrindod Wells
Bandstand at the Pump House Hotel, Llandrindod Wells
Radnorshire Museum



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