29 May 1876

Wakefield Express 1876
Wakefield Express

‘Lady Catherine Gordon’ was the Premier Bloom though in what form is not shown. The report mentions where many of the flowers were grown, including those of Thomas Gill of Potovens, the common name for Wrenthorpe, so called because of its long history of pottery making. The Society held its AGM and occasional ‘second shows’ in the Village Hall for a long period, outside of which is a replica kiln commemorating the traditional industry.

The two judges were florist legends, Rev Horner and Ben Simmonite. A newspaper cutting with a photograph of Simmonite appears in the front of the first minute book, The ‘umpire’ was William Mellor, though what this role entailed is not described.

Also mentioned is a prize donated by Perkins the jewellers who were patrons of the Society for over a century.