History

The East of England Agricultural Society has been at the forefront of championing agriculture and livestock for over three centuries. With a rich history that dates back to 1797, the society was merged in 1970 to become the East of England Agricultural Society that we know today.

First established on January 10, 1797, Peterborough Agricultural Society – as it was called back then, was set up at a critical time in terms of history. During this period the ‘Industrial Revolution’ was in full swing, which sought to transform rural and agricultural processes to a more urbanised approach.

The first president of the Society, the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam was elected in 1797. The annual subscription of becoming a member was one guinea – which is about £1.05 in British pounds – and that amount remained until 1950.

A variety of groundbreaking technologies like the Telephone, Telegram and the Aeroplane made some of their earliest appearances at the Society’s Annual Shows.

Click here to read about the history between the Fitzwilliam Family and the East of England Agricultural Society.

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Just wanted everyone to know what a fabulous day we had at the
food and farming day. All the vendors that were set up did a fantastic
job making the experience as pleasant as possible. The children were
fascinated. I do hope this becomes an annual event for schools. It
was well worth the money and time and effort and BIG KUDOS to all
involved.

Rosa Ashby
St Augustine s Primary Woodston

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