Coronation Day Amersham

Announcement Date: 9th August 1902

The Coronation festivities were held here on Saturday, August 9, when the elaborate programme drawn up by the committee was successfully carried out. At early dawn the church bells were rung and the inhabitants roused by the merry peals.  During the morning the streets were patrolled by numerous sightseers to witness the decorations, which were extremely effective, several residence being very prettily adorned, whilst the main street was crossed in numerous places by lines of flags. Among the best decorated houses were the Griffin Hotel, which was covered with bunting. Mrs Gomm’s in the High Street, presented quite a picture, and Mrs Clarke’s of Aspley House, was extremely pleasing, her decorations consisting wholly of natural flowers. Mr Redhead’s, Mr Fuller’s, and Mr E E King’s shops were also tastefully treated, while Dr J C Gardner’s was brilliantly illuminated at night. At 11 am, a service was held in the Parish Church, a large congregation being present. The Rev – Ferry gave a suitable address. At 1pm 2s, each was given to exactly 100 applicants, 65 years of age and upwards, at the Town Hall. In the afternoon, in Barn Meadow, racing and sports of all descriptions were arranged for the children, the adults having their turn in the evening. The residents of the town and district assembled in large numbers, and some good sport was witnessed. Among those present were the  Squire, Mr T W T Drake, Mrs Drake, and family, Shardeloes also Captain and Miss Drake, Little Shardeloes, also the Misses Drake (nieces), Mr G M H and Mrs Weller, Dr Gardner, Mr Rushforth, Mr & Mrs Fuller and the Misses Fuller, Mrs Read and family etc. At 4 o’clock all the school children in the parish were provided with tea in the National Schools. Mr Whitside being the caterer. The youngsters were looked after by young ladies of the town who volunteered their help. After the tea each child was presented with a Coronation medal by Mrs Drake. The sports in the evening caused great amusement to the crowd of spectators which had by this time greatly increased in number. A sharp shower of rain caused dispersal for a short time, but afterwards the sports were concluded, during the afternoon and evening the Amersham Brass Band played selections which materially assisted to enliven the proceedings.