Local Success at the Crystal Palace International Poultry Show

Mr A E Reynolds, Buckby Wharf, youngest son of the late Mr T H Reynolds, has been successful in gaining two seconds in the Water Fowl Class with two exhibits, one being second in the Aylesbury Drake Class over one year, and the other second for Aylesbury duck. The ducks had also been awarded first prize at the Dairy Show: first and special at Plymouth; first, silver medal, at Kings Heath; first and special for best in show, Londonderry (Ireland), beating the cup winner, but as the cup was confined to Ireland, it was, therefore, awarded to the second bird; first at Tring, and many prizes which space will not allow us to describe.

Rugby Advertiser 1907 23 November

Alfred Edward was the youngest son of Thomas Henry Reynolds and Tryphena Gadsden, born 1882 at Whilton Locks. He grew up in Whilton and moved to Braunston with his wife and children.

Alfred was only at the Wharf very briefly, he can definitely be placed there between 1905 and 1907. Married in September 1905 at Braunston to the stunningly named Maud Ophelia Marian Eliza Harper Boswell, Alfred is recorded as a brewer at Long Buckby. The 1906 Kelly’s Directory for Northamptonshire lists him at the Wharf. Oldest son Philip Edward Babden Reynolds was born at the Wharf in 1907, but by the time the next child Alfred Donovan Douglas was born, in 1908 , they were at Braunston.

Alfred more than likely worked for Walker and Soames brewery at the Wharf, and outside of work apparently owned some rather special ducks. Agricultural shows were a regular occurrence in the local area but this is the first time that I’ve found a Wharf resident travelling the breadth of the UK to exhibit animals.

Wikipedia states that the International Poultry Show at Crystal Palace ran from 1857 until 1936, with an interruption by the First World War, and was ‘considered the pinnacle of poultry exhibition in the British Empire.’ British Pathe has several video clips of the show over the years, this one in 1930 showing turkeys in their cages.

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