Todmorden Show History

The first Todmorden Agricultural Show was held in 1870

Centre Vale Park 1912-2015

Main photo (above): A panorama of a gloriously sunny 1985 Todmorden Show.
 
Todmorden Show as we now know it started meeting at Centre Vale Park in 1912. The show did not take place during the two world wars, foot and mouth has prevented the show taking place and two years were lost when the Environment Agency took over the park as part of the flood defence of the town. The legacy of those works have left the ground unfit to host the Show, resulting in the relocation in 2017 to our new home at the Cliviger Show Field.
 
 

An early show at Centre Vale, Todmorden - date unknown.

 

1921 Programme front page.

 

Tickets for the 1927 Show

 

1953: Jack Cryer and his prize-winning jersey cow. Jack was the father of Peter Cryer, who went on to become Show President.

The Vale of Todmorden Agricultural Society Shows 1870-1892

This series of shows ran from 1870 until 1892 meeting firstly at Roomfield and then at Sandholme.  Ten shows were classed as wet, 1884 was very wet, three were dull and ten were fine. Gate money varied from £92.00 to a maximum of £415.00 in 1877.
Here’s a report from The Todmorden News & Advertiser September 1877:

Vale of Todmorden Agricultural Show Saturday Sept 1st 1877
The 8th Annual Show of the Vale of Todmorden Agricultural Society was held at Sandholme.  The entries numbered 1,070 as compared with 1,178 in the previous year, and 1,234 (a record) in 1875. Luncheon was provided at the Rope & Anchor Inn for about 100 persons. Mr. A.G. Eastwood presided in the absence of the President. The prizes offered amounted to about £400, of which £63 was presented to the Society in the shape of cups and other special prizes. The receipt at the gate and grandstand amounted to £237. 7s. 9d., and the number of persons who paid for admission was about 5,600, subscribers and exhibitors bringing up the number present to a total of 7,000. One novel class was for the oldest man and horse, and the aggregate age of the winning pair was 114 years and 9 months, the man being 87 years and 9 months and the horse 27 years.