An Agricultural Society advertised a Ploughing Match in the Gloucester Journal.
Secretary Mr James Yarworth.
Monmouth Races were first held.
Report in the Monmouthshire Beacon that Monmouthshire Farmers Club being formed.
Ploughing Match at Wyesham, Premiums awarded for long service, crops, neatest and
cleanest cottage and best-cultivated garden. Dinner and speeches took place at the
Beaufort Arms for 70 gentlemen. Mr John Rolls of the Hendre in the chair.
Mr T Wanklyn (winner of the best cultivated farm award) feared he might be forced
to give up farming due to low prices for his produce as a result of the free trade
policies of the government of the day. (Repeal of the Corn Laws 1846)
No entries forward in ploughing with oxen class.
Mr T. Williams proposed that an annual Stock show be held. Mr John Rolls and The
Duke of Beaufort contributed £20 and £10 respectively towards a Monmouth Cattle
Show Fund. Show held on October 14th.
Joint second prize with Mr Rolls for a field of swedes went to Mr Amos Jones of
Priory Farm and his daughter Anne took a first prize of 10/- for a goose and gander.
It is noted that Mr Jones had a long connection with the show.
Show cancelled due to cattle plague.
Mr John Rolls died and his son Mr John Allen Rolls took over his position as president.
Reference was made at a Show Dinner that there was need for a cattle market in Monmouth
to avoid complaints about the mess in the square.
Show cancelled due to foot and mouth.
New cattle market under construction on Chippenham fields.
Show held in new cattle market.
The following years of agricultural depression saw a gradual decline in the show.
John A. Rolls made 1st Baron Llangattock
The show made a loss of £29 due to a succession of wet summers and agricultural
Show held at Rockfield and dinner replaced with a luncheon in a marquee on the field.
Over 300 entries reported after years of difficulty when, it is said, the show would
not have survived without the generous financial support of the Rolls family.
Show brought forward to September and weather and attendance improved. Ploughing
matches no longer held.
Dressed poultry, butter and eggs section introduced.
Parade of prize winners in main ring and cottages classes for vegetables were included.
C. S. Rolls, youngest son of Lord Llangattock killed in flying accident. Lord Llangattock
felt unable to continue as president of Monmouth Farmers Club.
Monmouth Show now a noted event in the life of the town. Over 400 entries and show
now held in August.
Mr W. E. Coldicutt aged 25 became new show secretary on the death of Mr W. S. Poole
who had held the position for 24 years.
Change to the constitution meant that henceforth a president was invited to serve
for one year only. John M Rolls (eldest son of Lord Llangattock) accepted the position.
Lord Llangattock died in September.
John M Rolls (2nd Baron Llangattock) became Patron.
Show due to be held on 7th August but postponed indefinitely due to the war.
Three generations of support from the Rolls family came to an end when 2nd Lord
Llangattock was killed in action leaving no heirs.
Monmouthshire County Show resumed on 8th August. Record entries, exhibits and gate
were reported in the Monmouthshire Beacon. Taylor & Jones showed agricultural machinery.
Show moved onto 25 acres at Troy Farm owned by Mr Will Coldicutt.
British Friesian classes added.
Children’s riding classes added. George Breakwell and his son Ben mentioned as prizewinners
in these years along with Master Fulke Walwyn and Master Alfred Mullins.
Live poultry section added.
First photographs of the show in the Monmouthshire Beacon.
Show moved to a regular date at the end of August.
Horticultural section added with a separate committee formed to run it.
Galloway Races introduced in an attempt to increase interest and gate.
Show held on Saturday at the end of August just before outbreak of second world
Show resumed on Vauxhall (property of the Crompton-Roberts family) after the war
as Mr Will Coldicutt had retired from farming in 1944. Show cost £2,000 to present
and attracted over 5,000 visitors. A dog show and evening pony racing was introduced
and run by separate committees.
Goat section added.
Competitors in the jumping classes included Col. Harry Llewellyn, Miss Pat Smythe
and Master David Broome.
Show cancelled due to foot and mouth in the Forest of Dean.
Last year of classes for heavy horses. Prize money of £2,000 advertised.
Mr Will Coldicutt died suddenly at his home, Troy Lodge, after being secretary,
guide and mentor of the show for forty seven years. Chairman Mr S. Jenkins and Vice
Chairman Mr A. Downham chose Mr Ben Breakwell to succeed him. Admission to show
Show cost £6,000 to present.
23rd Show in succession without rain.
Miss Crompton-Roberts died and the Haberdashers Company purchased Vauxhall.
Mr Ben Breakwell died suddenly only a few weeks before the show and the position
of secretary was taken over by Mrs Audrey Marshall.
Entries – Cattle 320 Sheep 110 Goats 170 Horses 500 Showjumping 100 Huntsman David
Bartlett paraded Monmouthshire Foxhounds.
Show became a limited company. Monmouthshire Show Society Limited. Show cost £32,000
to present. Wet day – net loss of £1,000 made.
More research needed!
Mrs Kay Spencer becomes show secretary and office moves from Monmouth to Raglan.
Countryside area and ring introduced. Displays include farriery, fly casting and
hawking, weaving, pole lathe turning and hurdle making.
Very wet leading up to show, straw spread to alleviate problems with mud.
Mrs Rosemary Buchanan was first lady chairman of Monmouthshire Show
Show cancelled due to outbreak of foot and mouth.
Show committee under chairman Andrew James and secretary Kay Spencer make decision
to purchase 96 acres on banks of River Wye at Wyesham.
First show on new showground a resounding success.
Mrs Kay Spencer announced her retirement after 16 years as Show Management
Secretary and Mrs Anna Williams was appointed her successor.