First mention of the KLHS in Newspaper Archives

[November] Chrysanthemum Show in old Corn Exchange. In the first 9 years of the society, Mr Hawes (gardener to Mr Bagge) had won 180 prizes

During this period there were 4 shows a year; most notably the Dahlia Show in the Market Room (Corn Exchange) which was decorated with 5-6000 dahlias and 200-300 yards of laurel. The letters in the names Victoria and Albert were formed in different coloured dahlias! All decorated by Catlin & Son, Cambridge. The gardener for Mr Everard made a model of a flower garden including greenhouse, pond, lawn etc entirely from flowers!!

It was rumoured that due to the expense of the previous year's show, this would be the last - as reported in the Cambridge Independent Press

No Society. But in the meantime in 1854 the current Corn Exchange and the Athenaeum (in Baxter's Plain) were designed/constructed, which were to be well used by the KLHS

Summer Shows resumed in the Corn Exchange with music provided by the Lynn Rifle Corps Band. November's Chrysanthemum Show was held in the Athenaeum Music Hall.

Shows in Corn Exchange and Athenaeum

Show at Downham Market with Norfolk Agricultural Show

Opening of Alexandra Dock

There appear to be no records from 1870 to 1889 when the Society was reformed by Mr Morriss, owner of Greyfriars School, with a new committee. 

184 members

247 members. The Annual Show attracted 77 exhibitors with 950 entries, ending with a concert from the Police Band. A two day Rose Show was held in a 200ft x 30ft tent in a field next to the Walks. A steam roller was hired to level the field for dancing

The Society became affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Rose, Dahlia, Summer and Chrysanthemum Shows were all 2 day, mostly being opened by Lord Farquhar - our local MP - or his wife

Summer Show held in Tower Field, belonging to Mr Beart. It featured a decorated bicycle competition with the equivalent of £1.50, £1 and 50p. Police were hired to guard the exhibits

Prince of Wales and Duke of Rutland became Vice Presidents. The Summer Show included a children's section. Meetings were held in a variety of places; the Town Hall, a Working Men's Club, Blackfriars Hall and the Bank Room (the last two part of the Athenaeum)

No records available 

All public activities cancelled from mid March 2020 to July 2021 on Public Health instructions due to Covid 19 Pandemic. Virtual shows and meetings replaced them.

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