Doncaster Agricultural Society

Patron – The Right Hon. THE EARL OF SCARBROUGH

President – The Right Hon. W. W. WARDE ALDAM Esq.

The Following article is based on information contained in the catalogue for the 46th Annual Exhibition which was held in Glasgow Paddocks, Doncaster on Thursday June 26th 1924.

The members of the board were all local dignitaries, many of whose names you may recognise.

Vice Presidents:

  • The Mayor of Doncaster, Alerman W. D. Borrill.
  • H. G. Atkinson-Clark Esq. Tickhill Castle, Rotherham.
  • R. C. Battie-Wrightson Esq. Cusworth Park, Doncaster.
  • W. J. Brown Esq. Hermeston Hall, Rotherham
  • P. T. Davies-Cooke Esq. Gwysaney, North Wales.
  • W. Coulman Esq. JP. Eastoft Hall, Yorks.
  • Charles Darley Esq. Thorne, Doncaster.
  • J. Dymond Esq. Burntwood Hall, Barnsley.
  • The Right Hon. Viscount Galway. Serlby Hall, Notts.
  • The Right Hon. Viscount Halifax. Hickleton Hall, Doncaster.
  • Joseph Humble Esq. Crookhill Doncaster.
  • W. A. Matthews Esq. 78 Eccleston Square, London.
  • F. J. O. Montagu Esq. Melton Park, Doncaster.
  • F. Ogley Esq. Hill Top, Conisborough.
  • G. H. Peake Esq. Bawtry Hall, Doncaster.
  • His Grace the Duke of Portland. Welbeck Abbey, Worksop.
  • Lieut. Col. Ramsden. Rogerthorpe Manor, Pontefract.
  • F. Parker-Rhodes Esq. Finningley Park, Doncaster.
  • Lieut. Col. H. L. Ruck-Keene. White House, Armthorpe, Doncaster.
  • G. B. Shiffner Esq.  Rossington, Doncaster.
  • Captain C. Skipwith. Loversall, Doncaster.
  • S. A. Smith Esq. Bramwith, Doncaster.
  • R. J. Streatfeild Esq. Rossington Hall, Bawtry.
  • A. Thellusson Esq. Brodsworth Hall, Doncaster.
  • Lieut. Col. Warde-Aldam. St Andrew DSO London.
  • Hon. Ed. L. M. P. Wood. 88 Eaton Square, London, SW1.
  • G. E. Cooke-Yarborough Esq. Campsmount, Doncaster.

Treasurer:

  • The Hon. Rupert E Beckett.

Hon. Auctioneer:

  • Mr Thomas Shearman.

Hon. Veterinery Surgeon:

  • Mr Lloyd Jones. M.R.C.V.S. Doncaster.

Secretary:

  • F. H. Chafer. 9 Market Place, Doncaster.

During the years that followed the First World War, farming started its mechanisation although the old methods of horse and plough still prevailed. As we think of life on the land in those times and examine old prints and photographs we could be mistaken in thinking that it was an idylic existence and romanticise about what life would have been like.

Make no mistake! Times were hard. Despite the work involved in the day to day running of a farm the workers, managers and other staff still had time to unwind. One of these occasions was at the annual show where they could show off their livestock and produce and win prizes and recognition. The Doncaster Agricultural Society show took place each year and in this instance took place on Thursday June 26th 1924 in Glasgow Paddocks (or Lord Glasgow’s Paddocks as they were once known), they stood where the law courts and car park now stand, opposite the central library. 

I wonder how many arrived by motorcar and how many came by horse. Incidently, according to an advert in the catalogue for the show cars were quite affordable by todays money as the following illustrates:

THE ALL BRITISH STANDARD. W.E.CLARK & CO. 7 HALLGATE DONCASTER.

More comfortable and better value than ever, reliable, easy to control and drive, cosy in bad weather, ample speed and climbing power and low running costs – everything the family man requires. THE FAMILY CAR.

11 H.P. 2 or 4 seater £235

14 H.P. 2 or 4 seater £375

Anyway, I digress, to give you an idea what categories there were, here are some of them:

  1. Shorthorns and Sheep
  2. Channel Island Cattle
  3. Friesian
  4. Pigs
  5. Bacon Pigs
  6. Agricultural Horses
  7. Hackneys
  8. Hunters
  9. Jumping Class
  10. Butter
  11. Eggs
  12. Bread and Cake
  13. Poultry
  14. Pigeons

The first prize for most of the categories was £5 so it was well worth entering a few categories, it could prove quite profitable. Maybe some of the audience went to more effort than others with their appearance, there was no excuse for the managers and their spouses to be properly attired thanks to:

E. Penistone & Co. General and fancy drapers. 46 &50 Market Place Doncaster. Phone 145.

  • Gloves
  • Blouses
  • Corsets
  • Underclothing
  • Coats
  • Costumes
  • Milinery
  • Dress Materials

Within the show ground there were a great many exhibitors plying their wares. The following is a list of some of them:

  • Stand 1 – A. Hoyle, Don Foundry, Doncaster. Collection of agricultural implements.
  • Stand 2 – T. H. Dew & Sons, Grey Friars Road, Doncaster. Assortment of agricultural implements and machinery.
  • Stand 3 – J. C. & T. Yates, Doncaster. Agricultural machinery and implements.
  • Stand 4 – Chambers & Co, Low Hill Mills, Thorne. Alpha round feeding cakes and cubes, feeding meal, calf meal, lamb food, pig meal, egyptian cotton cakes, pure linseed cakes, locust bean meal and locust nuts.
  • Stand 5 – Frescott & Co, Doncaster.
  • Stand 6 – The University of Leeds & The Yorkshire Council for Agricultural Education. Educational exhibit.

On their way home there were plenty of Inns and Alehouses to choose from but if one was a little hungry there was always:

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