Diamond Jubilee - 1897
How Knebworth celebrated Victoria's Diamond Jubilee
By Ann Judge
These two cottages are positioned at the entrance gateway to Knebworth Park in Old Knebworth. Although there doesn’t seem to be any specific record to show that these cottages were built in 1897, an architectural report of 1980 says they were “ designed at the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and bear all the marks of that period; wide eaves, massive half-timber gables, tall quasi-Tudor chimney stacks, all generally reflecting the grandeur of the Great House..”
Knebworth House Archives also have letters concerning events to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee…
31.05.1897 J. Milne (Knebworth agent) to H.Phipps (tenant of Knebworth House at the time)
At a meeting held at the National School, Knebworth on May 12th it was decided that an effort should be made to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Knebworth Parish by having a bonfire on the night of the 22nd June and a dinner to the men and tea to the women and children and sports in the Park on the afternoon of Saturday June 26th.I have been requested by the Committee to ask you for the use of the Park for the dinner tea and sports and to solicit a subscription towards carrying out the above.
3.06.1897 J.Milne to Mr Baldwin of Codicote.
Knebworth Jubilee Celebration At our Committee meeting last night I was authorised to accept your terms of Four pounds ten shillings for the attendance of the Codicote Band to play at the Sports in Knebworth park on the afternoon of Saturday June 26th…