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The first Newbury Show was 1909

19 and 20 September for this year's show

Jackie Markham

Reporter:

Jackie Markham

Click through our archive photos from previous shows 

The weekend of 19 and 20 September sees this year’s Royal County of Berkshire Show at the Chieveley Showground – one of the biggest agricultural shows in the South of England.

When the Newbury Horse Show was discontinued in 1908, some like-minded locals decided to form an Agricultural Society to pursue their countryside interests.

The first show run by the newly-formed Newbury and District Agricultural Society took place in 1909 at Enborne Gate Farm, during a relentless downpour. The following year the sun shone, but the show was said to be a small and underwhelming affair,and all over by 3pm. The outbreak of war in 1914 caused the show to be abandoned for several years, reopening in 1922 then lapsing again in 1928 due to a decline in support and a state of economic depression.

It was revived again in 1936 and moved to Elcot Park. Once more war intervened; the show returned to Elcot in 1946 and remained there till it moved to Henwick Court in 1964.

In 1973 Siege Cross at Thatcham became the venue, and in the early 1980s the showground at Shaw. Finally NDAS put down roots by purchasing a permanent home of its own at the current showground at the A34/M4 junction in 1984.

Click through our archive photos from previous years – to put you in the mood for visiting this year’s show.

 

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