Minute books of the Yorkshire Fat Stock Society which include details on organisation of shows, as well as rules and lists of judges and society members. They also include financial information as well as press cuttings concerning members and shows. Also includes a printed catalogue of the 17th show held in York in 1873.
Records of the Yorkshire Fat Stock Society
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Yorkshire Fat Stock Society was founded in 1855 by local butchers who proposed holding an Annual Show of Dead Meat (Beef and Mutton) at Christmas. This was changed in 1897 to the Yorkshire Fat Cattle Show. Over the years classes were added and included Cattle, Sheep, Pigs, Poultry, Pigeons, Rabbits, Root Vegetables, Butter, Bread and Yorkshire Hams. The meetings were held mainly at the White Horse, Goodramgate, The City Arms, Fawcett Street and the Old George Hotel, Fossgate/Pavement.
Due to the war and the subsequent expense and shortage of timber and feed, society activity declined. This continued until a lack of interest from members and the high costs of setting up a show eventually led to the society disbanding in November 1965.
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Compiled by Sarah Tester, Community Collections and Outreach Archivist, December 2014.
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