1897 – Royal Agricultural Society Showground
The show ran for a week, in extremely bad weather. Although it attracted 185,000 visitors, it made a loss of £ 15,000.
Queen’s Park is managed by the Corporation of London.
Queen’s Park Estate (wiki)
… The first Board schools were opened in Queens Park in 1878 and 1881, followed by two more in Amberley Road (1881) and Campbell Street, Maida Vale (1881), and a further two, the Moberley (1884) and Kilburn Lane (1885). Essendine Road opened in 1900, making a total of seven Board schools…
Queens Park. Opened 1881 as a Board school for boys, girls and infants. (Was in Chelsea division).
The costs, disallowed by the local government auditor were met by the City Guilds until the education Department modified its code in 1890. In 1903 it had accommodation for 1,173 pupils. Had become a Higher Grade school by 1906. Mixed secondary school; boys only by the time it closed in 1961. The building was used by Paddington Technical College from 1963-1967.
1879 ROYAL AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY SHOW AT KILBURN
1879 Royal Agricultural Society of England’s annual show was held on an area which later became Queen’s Park. The Kilburn show was opened on 30th of June 1879 by the Prince and Princess of Wales. The 100 acre site was chosen for its proximity to the railway network, Queen’s Park Station having opened on 2 June 1879 on the main line from London to Birmingham, just in time to facilitate the movement of heavy machinery and stock.
By the 1870s the annual shows had become major events and the Kilburn show was to be the largest every held. It saw an entry of 11,878 implements, 2879 livestock entries and over 187,000 visitors5 . There were many international entries and there was a Royal Box which was part of an arena seating 3000 people, the winning cattle and horses were paraded here every day.
The Royal Agricultural Society of England was formed in 1838 to promote the potential of science for raising agricultural productivity. Annual agricultural shows held in different parts of England, were seen as an important way by which the Society could achieve its aims of the spread of agricultural knowledge and to bring new techniques and improved farming methods to the attention of farmers.
The relative agricultural prosperity of the third quarter of the nineteenth century led to the shows taking on the character of agricultural carnivals or festival occasions. The streets of the host towns would typically be decorated and festooned with banners proclaiming ‘Peace and Prosperity’ and ‘Success to Agriculture’.
The 1879 Kilburn Show, took place during one of the wettest summers on record. Because of this the showground presented a ‘thoroughly wet and dreary appearance’, the Society made a substantial financial loss on the event, £15,000, and twenty-three years later Joseph Darby recalled that: ‘… everyone who visited Kilburn retains vivid recollections of its excessive downpours; of the planks laid down the leading avenues and without which they would have been perfectly impassable… one man slipped and falling between two of the planks was so tightly wedged that it was difficult to pull him out.’
The show ran for a week but the poor weather meant people had to struggle through deep mud and attendances fell disastrously. The visit to the show by Queen Victoria on the fifth day rallied visitors and nearly half the people who visited the show went on that day. The Queen was driven on a specially