Queen Victoria in Sheffield - 21st May 1897

A commemorative brochure and progamme of "The Visit of Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria to Sheffield, May 21st. 1897". She arrived at Midland Station at 5.00pm., her arrival being signalled by a 21 gun salute fired by a battery of the 4th. West York Artillery Volunteers. The Connaught Rangers under the command of Captain H. ADAMS CONNOR formed the Guard of Honour, music provided by the Band of the Connaught Rangers. The following people were present :

His Grace the DUKE OF NORFOLK - Mayor
LADY MARY HOWARD - Mayoress
Alderman C.T.SKELTON - Deputy Mayor
The Right Hon. A.J. MUNDELLA
The Right Hon. C.B. STUART WORTLEY
Sir C.E. HOWARD VINCENT
Sir E. ASHMEAD MARTLETT
The Right Hon.the EARL OF SCARBOROUGH - Lord Lieutenant
J.A. FARRAR - High Sheriff
Sir FREDERICK THORPE MAPPIN - Town Collector
ALEXANDER WILSON - Master Cutler
Major General THYNNE - General Commanding the District
Sir HENRY E. WATSON
G.E. PAGET - Chairman of Midland Railway Co.
G.H. TURNER - General Manager of Midland Railway Co.
Alderman BATTY LANGLEY - Chairman of the Improvement Committee
Judge WADDY - Recorder
GEORGE FRANKLIN - Hon. Secretary
Alderman CLEGG - Hon. Secretary
HERBERT BRAMLEY - Town Clerk
JOHN JACKSON - Chief Constable
Lord EDMUND TALBOT
Lieutenant F. PONSONBY
Sir JAMES REID
Colonel ALFRED EGERTON
Miss LOCH
The Hon. ETHEL CADOGAN
The Right Hon. Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY - Secretary of State for Home
Department
Lieut-Colonel The Right Hon. Sir FLEETWOOD EDWARDS
The LADY SOUTHAMPTON
The Honourable MRS. MALLET
The Lord Chamberlain
HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY THE QUEEN (well she would be, wouldn't she?)
H.R.H. The Princess Christianof Schlewswig-Holstein
H.R.H. THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT AND STRATHERN
Alderman LANGLEY
Major BRANSON
E.W. MOUNTFORD - Architect of the Town Hall
T.W. JEFFCOCK
J. MARSHALL - Chairman of Infirmary Board
Dr. H. CLIFTON SORBY - President of Firth College
Ven. Archdeacon EYRE - Vicar of Sheffield
Very Rev. Canon GORDON
Rev. T.W. HOLMES
Professor HICKS - Principal of Firth College
M.J. ELLISON
J.F. MOSS
Alderman T.R. GAINSFORD
Councillor H.W. CHAMBERS
Councillor BERNARD A. FIRTH
Councillor C. HOBSON
Councillor S. EARNSHAW HOWELL
Councillor HERBERT HUGHES
Councillor S. ROBERTS
CHARLES BELK
J. NEWTON COOMBE
M. ELLISON
Alderman W.H. BRITTAIN
Sir HENRY STEPHENSON
Councillor TOM NIXON
C.F. WIKE - City Surveyor
Alderman W.R. CARTER
Councillor J.E. BINGHAM
Councillor JOHN EATON|
Councillor G.F. LOCKWOOD
Councillor H.P. MARSH
Councillor GEORGE SENIOR
Councillor STUART UTTLEY
Councillor A. MUIR WILSON
C.H. BINGHAM
J.D. LEADER
W.P. BELK
HENRY BRAMALL
HAROLD P. BURDEKIN
T.R. ELLIN
GEORGE S. GREENING
GEORGE H. HARRISON
J. KELLY
R. HEADLEY MOORE
W.S. SKELTON
C.E. VICKERS
T.E.B. WILSON
ERNEST BLACK
H.E. BRITTAIN
E.W. CLEGG
M. ELLISON
W.J. HADFIELD
J.E. HUNT
JOSEPH MITCHELL
E. PYE-SMITH
EDWARD B. VARNEY
HARRY WHITWORTH
JOHN PECK

Apart from the commemorative brochure and progamme, in the nineteenth century it was quite common for civic events, royal visits and even disasters to be commemorated by the issuing of medals or some other form of keepsake such as spoons. Sheffield was no different.  In The Times Report dated 21st May 1897  the correspondent observed

"...In fact, it was now the time for some 50,000 children to take their share in proceedings which will certainly never be effaced from their memories.  This part of the proceedings was the idea of the Duke of Norfolk, and was carried out at his expense through the instrumentality of Mr J. F. Moss, who has devoted anxious care to the achievement of a most successful result.  Certainly the Duke of Norfolk has earned the gratitude of many thousands of happy children.  When a few minutes after 6, the Royal procession entered Norfolk-park by the Belle Vue gates and drove along the new road, called the "Queen's Drive," in the ravine, the children were drawn up on the slopes of the pretty park, carrying many Union Jacks presented to the different departments by the Duke as permanent possessions.  Each child also bore a medal bearing two inscriptions devised by the Duke of Norfolk:- !In commemoration of the loving welcome given by the children of Sheffield to Queen Victoria in Norfolk-park, Sheffield, May, 1897."  "1837 - Diamond Jubilee, 1897."  A loving welcome it was, and obviously delightful to the Queen, whose carriage was brought to a standstill near the sport where the Royal Standard floated in the breeze.  Then the Union Jacks were lowered.  The children were presented to the Queen by the Duke of Norfolk, and then, after the hands had played the tune of "Diamond Reign," the voices of many thousands of children were raised as they sang some special verses.  Again they sang, this time the National Anthem; and then, at a signal given by waving a Union Jack, shouted out three hearty cheers.  Meanwhile the Royal carriage passed along the lines.  Then came the singing of "Rule Britannia," and in a few minutes the prettiest part of the day's proceedings was over, and the children were free to enjoy the refreshments provided for them......"

In October 2007  a visitor to the site kindly sent me an image of the medal that was presented to the children in Norfolk Park that afternoon


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