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Royal Agricultural Society of England

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Commonly refered to as the RASE, the English Agricultural Society was founded in 1838 and two years later it was incorporated as The Royal Agricultural Society of England. It was pre-dated by the Bath and West Society (1777), Highland Society (1784) and the Smithfield Club (1798) which continued to arrange their own shows.


1838 May 9th. Founding meeting held at the Freemasons' Tavern with Earl Spencer in the Chair. [1]

1838 December 18th. First full meeting of the committee and members held at their rooms in Cavendish square. [2]

1839 Philip Pusey was appointed Chairman of the Journal Committee.

1840 At the 1840 meeting, Josiah Parkes, M. Inst. C.E., was appointed consulting engineer

1848 On the retirement of Mr Parkes, Charles Edwards Amos was appointed Consulting Engineer to the Royal Agricultural Society of England

1870 Mr. Amos relinquished the post of Consulting Engineer after the Oxford Show in 1870



See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Thursday, May 10, 1838
  2. The Times, Wednesday, Dec 19, 1838
  • The History of the Royal Agricultural Society of England 1839-1939 by Professor J. A. Scott Watson.