Coronations of Yesteryears: How they were celebrated in Spurgeon’s boys homes

Coronation of King Charles III

Coronations of Yesteryears: How they were celebrated in Spurgeon’s boys homes

Coronations of yesteryears: how they were celebrated in Spurgeon’s boys homes

Are you planning a relaxed King’s Coronation bank holiday weekend? Perhaps enjoying a barbecue or a few drinks?

It’s easy to forget how fortunate many of us are in our modern lives. At the time of previous coronations, many children were separated from their families due to poverty or other difficulties, and those children were brought up in children’s homes.

Many years ago, before Fegans charity became part of Spurgeons, it took care of many young boys in Fegans children’s homes. Elsewhere in England, the orphanages that Charles Haddon Spurgeon founded were also caring for children.

Fegans archivist David Waller and some of the Spurgeon’s ‘Old Scholars’ (children’s home alumni) have carefully preserved some of the history of those years. By delving into the archives, we can take an incredible look back at the celebrations of previous coronations at the boys’ homes.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation at Spurgeon’s boy’s home in 1953

For Queen Elizabeth’s coronation the boys enjoyed tea parties, while wearing paper crown hats. As we can see thanks to Martin Farley’s careful preservation of this picture.

Queen's Coronation Party - Birchington 1953

King George’s coronation, 1937

The boys who eventually left Fegans’ care and returned home refer to each other as ‘Old Boys’, and some still keep in touch all these years later.

In 1937 the boys celebrated King George’s coronation by listening in to the service via radio, then took part in sports activities and evening fun.

Quarterly Record June 1937

The Quarterly Record reported that ‘short public services were held in the orphanage and training farm chapels on Coronation Day, after which the boys listened to the broadcast from Westminster Abbey. Sports and evening celebrations helped to mark the day in spite of rather inclement weather.’

Stony Stratford Entrance 1937

At Fegan’s Boys home, Stony Stratford, the boys decorated the main gates with flags and the letters G. R. to commemorate the Coronation of King George VI in 1937.

Present day

Buttons Preschools are celebrating King Charles’ coronation today with parties.

Buttons Nursery Coronation Party

If you are a ‘Spurgeons Old Scholar’ or ‘Fegans Old Boy’ please get in touch – Your stories are so important to us!