Queen Victoria's Jubilee
Aylsham has always enjoyed a good celebration! These photographs are of the Town Square when the town celebrated Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. This celebrated the day when Queen Victoria had been Queen for 50 years. Queen Victoria was only 18 when she came to the throne and she was queen for sixty four years from 1837 - 1901. There were two Jubilee parties in Aylsham - one for the Golden Jubilee in 1887 and one for the Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The town had parties for both!
The town is lucky that a time capsule was made for this celebration and was found in the Church. The time capsule contained lots of information about the event, including what they ate and what they had to bring with them. There was procession, a church service, a big meal in the square, sports, dancing and fireworks! Everyone had a ticket, which told them what to bring and at which table they were going sit.
There was a committee who organised the events in the town. They visited every house in the town to find out how many people would be coming to the meal. They also asked if there were any people in the house who were too ill or elderly and unable to come to the meal. Dinners were taken to anyone who couldn't come to the meal so no-one missed out.
This year, a creative group of children used the information in the time capsule, along with some first hand accounts to write some brilliant stories about the day of the Jubilee. Lots of the information is historically accurate, and some of the information is taken from their imagination! The shop really was called Ward and George, the Black Boys pub really was run by Christmas Stapleton, and there really was a big meal. The day went really smoothly though - there were no disasters, no food went missing, no-one was hurt and as far as we know, no-one was adopted or went missing! They did run out of lemonade though! Click on the title to read a story.