Newcastle upon Tyne in the north-east of England was no exception. Celebrations began early in the morning and, through a variety of causes, ended in riot.
One of the key areas of celebration was the Sandhill. This is a roughly triangular piece of land, near Bridge Street, almost on the bank of the river. Long a market 'square' it was a centre of the town's activities. Here, for the celebration of the coronation, a wine pant was set up.
A 'pant' is a fountain; the word is from the dialects of Scotland and north-east England. There were several pants set up in Newcastle for the celebrations. Two beer pants were erected--one at the Old Flesh Market, and one at the Milk Market and possibly a third at the Spital. But especially notable was the large wine fountain at the Sandhill.
They couldn't get to it. The crowd was so immense, and immediately became so rowdy that the gentlemen retired in short order. "An indescribable scene of the most indecent uproar ensued..." according to one report.
|Sandhill Wine Pant, Coronation of George IV by H. P. Parker|
Songs were written about the events of the day:
Note the error above in the year--1819 instead of 1821. These two songs were collected in an edition called "Allan's illustrated edition of Tyneside Songs and readings". It was published in 1891 and the events of seventy years before were already remote.
As we celebrate the birth of another George, already king-in-waiting, it is interesting, as always, to reflect on the events of the Regency and reign of George IV.
'Til next time,
1. A Descriptive and Historical Account of the Town and County of Newcastle ... 1827
2. Local Records; or, Historical Register of Remarkable Events...Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne 1824
3. Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings 1891
All three of these books are available as free downloads from Google Books