23rd September 2017
146 days to the Stokesley Show

Stokesley Show History

The year 2009 marked the 150th anniversary of the Society and to mark the occasion on Show Day the Stokesley Local History Society mounted an excellent display of the past 150 years of Stokesley as a town, with the Society displaying aspects of its last 150 years.

The Show was founded in 1859 at a meeting held at The Golden Lion (now Chapters Hotel) High Street, Stokesley.

The following is a list of Presidents of the Society since its formation:

                                   
1859
John Page Sowerby
1860
George Marwood
1861
George Marwood
1862
Major Coates
1863
George Copley
1864
George Marwood
1865
John Page Sowerby
1866
James Emerson
1867
James Emerson
1868
George Marwood
1869
Col the Hon O Duncombe
1870
Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease
1871
Isaac Wilson MP
1872
W R I Hopkins
1873
James Emerson
1874
George Marwood
1875
Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease
1876
E H Wynne Finch
1877
Jos Richardson MP
1878
Sir F A Millbank
1879
Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease
1880
John Page Sowerby
1881
Lt Col Hay
1882
C F H Bolkow
1883
James Emerson
1884
Sir Lowthian Bell Bart
1885
Sir A E Pease Bart
1886
G F Marwood
1887
H F Pease MP
1888
J Lionel Dugdale
1889
Viscount Falkland
1890
A E Kitching
1891
R B Turton
1892
C Ward Jackson
1893
J J Emerson
1894
M Morrison
1895
J G Swan
1896
Henry Kitching
1897
Sir A J Dorman Bart
1898
Sir Alfred E Pease Bart
1899
H Pike Pease MP
1900
Lord De L'Isle and Dudley
1901
L F Giers
1902
W F Marwood
1903
Sir Robert Ropner Bart
1904
F E C Dobson
1909
W Lowther Carrick
1910
Sir Hugh Bell Bart
1911
Major Clive Dixon
1912
W Harkess
1913
Chas Dorman
1914
The Great War - 1919
1920
Sir John Ropner
1921
J Lionel Dugdale
1922
Col M H L Bell
1923
J F Whitwell
1924
G L Sowerby
1925
Major R B Turton
1926
Lt Col H E Kitching  
1927
Sir William Marwood K.C.B.
1928
M J Morrison
1929
Maj R A Constantine
1930
Sir William Fawcett
1931
William Scarth
1932
Capt T L Dugdale MP MC DL
1933
J J Emerson
1934
The Earl of Feversham
1935
Sir A E Pease Bart
1936
Major J B Pennyman
1937
W E F MacMillan
1938
J L Dugdale
1939
Second War - 1945
1946
Lord Feversham DSO
1947
Col W W Constantine
1948
Lord De L'Isle & Dudley VC
1949
Ralph H Turton MC MP
1950
Joseph W Hebron
1951
Sir Bedford L Dorman Bart CBE
1952
Mrs Florance A  Wynne Finch
1953
Sir Thomas L Dugdale Bart MP PC
1954
Ernest E Bradley
1955
M John C Hutton Wilson
1956
Frank Furness
1957
Marquis of Normanby MBE
1958
J R Steel
1959
Col Harold E Kitching MBE
1960
Marquis of Normanby MBE
1961
Lt Col Geoffrey R Dixon
1962
Ralph M Turton
1963
Joseph B Barnard
1964
Lady Crathorne MBE
1965
J W Potts
1970
F W Fry OBE JP
1971
Marquis of Nomanby MBE
1972
Marquis of Zetland  TD DL MBE
1973
Cecil Crosthwaite
1974
John H V Sutcliffe**
1975
G L Cruikshank OBE
1976
Sir J B Eastwood
1977
C Leslie Barker
1978
Mrs E P Woodhead  JP
1979
Nigel R M Moir
1980
Miss Ruth Kitching
1981
Brian E M Jones
1982
Lady Bell
1983
Major John E M Ruffer
1984
The Hon David J Dugdale**
1985
Brig Claud C Fairweather CB CBE TD DL
1986
Sir Timothy Kitson
1987
Rt Rev Gordon Bates Bishop of Whitby**
1988
Rt Hon Leon Brittan QC MP**
1989
Eddie J Richardson**
1990
Lord Plumb**
1991
Tomas Scarth JP
1992
Lord Crathorne
1993
William Hague MP
1994
Miss Sybil K Edwards JP
1995
Richard Preston**
1996
Alan Charlton**
1997
J Russell**
1998
Howard Petch OBE**
1999
Ian S Gloag
2000
Marquis of Normanby
2001
Cancelled due to Foot & Mouth Disease
2002
Andrew H W Sutcliffe QC
2003
Leslie A Martin
2004
Mrs Mary C Reveley**
2005
Michael Richardson**
2006
Sir Ben Gil CBE MA(Cantab)
2007
Alan Weighell**
2008
H David Petch**
2009
The Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Lord Crathorne and The Hon David J Dugdale
2010
Mr J. L. Donaldson
2011
Miss Dorothy Fairburn MBE
2012
Mrs J C Hugill
2013
Lord Crathorne
2014
Mr J. D. Welford
2015
J. Ruffer Esq.
2016
H.S. Fletcher M.F.H
** Presidents who attended the 150th Anniversary Luncheon September 2009

Notable Dates

Early years - unknown location.

With the purchase of the land in 1955 this gave the society a fixed location at it's present position.

Sale of land for bypass in 1964 Removal of Crow Wood 1965 – ‘nasty little wood which would never hold a fox’ (Colonel Kitching).

Moving of the Show Day from Thursday to Saturday 1968 – records show the vote was 20 for and 4 against.

Sale of land to Presto Supermarket in 1993 – this put the Society on a firm financial footing.

The Society remains strong in all areas with a strong membership, excellent depth of sections and volunteers.

We as a society are fortunate to have some good working partnerships with local agricultural companies including Farmway, Armstrong Richardson and of course the NFU mutual – which has extended over many years.

We as members of the Show Council are only custodians of the Stokesley Agricultural Society, moving the Society into the future and ensuring that it is passed on with the stability both financially and show day events in good order. I am confident we will continue to manage the Society through to the next generation and beyond – while we live in changing times both financially and in the world of agriculture - there are as many opportunities as threats and we must grasp the opportunities and maximise them for the good of the society.

Neal Waters