OF THE CLUB
1908 The Secretaries of the Bulldog Clubs were requested to author an article
about their club to be printed in
the book “Bulldogs and Bulldog Men” England.
follows is an excerpt from that book.
BRITISH BULLDOG CLUB
Major L A. Jackson, 3rd Bat-Suffolk Regiment, Vice-President, D. J. Cassels
(Glasgow) W. W. Crocker (London) I. Atkinson-Lowers (Bradford) J. W. Proctor
(Manchester) and W. T. Rylance (Manchester). Hon.
and Treasurer H. Bowers.
one guinea per annum. This club, the junior of
the two national clubs devoted to the cult of the Bulldog, while not
neglecting the claims of the great Metropolis, and to some extent taking both
hemispheres under the aegis of its fostering influence, makes the United
Kingdom outside the Metropolis, especially the sphere for the development of
its objects, which are stated in its constitution to be: “To promote and
encourage the breeding of pure Bulldogs in all of the world, but more
especially In the provinces of England, to Ireland, and in Scotland, and to
protect and advance in every legitimate way the interest of the breed and of
the members of the club.”
founders of the club were Messrs. Jas. Taylor, S. Woodiwiss,
L N. Woodiwiss, Cyril Jackson, Major Jackson, E.
H. Bower, W. T. Rylance, R. J. Harley, Captain J.
L. Piddocke, J. T. Roe, H. Shaw, G. G. Tod,
E. Harper, J. P. Henshall, G. Raper,
and H. S. Bennett, all of whom met in conclave at the Oxford Inn, Manchester,
on 22nd March, 1892, and there and then formed the club, and launched it on
the then stormy waters of Bulldogdom, having
first, with due libations, christened it with its expressive and comprehensive
title, which did not at that moment deserve it has stall events since earned.
proverb says, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but strange
to say it turned out that this particular rose by any other name would have
smelt much sweeter, for its title was the fons
et origo of all the troubles it had to
contend against in the early years of its existence, as the title caused so
much annoyance to the London section of the fancy, who naturally extremely
jealous of the formation of the club, were able to make their influence
prevail on the Kennel Club to refuse registration of the title until 1902, but
which time the old spirit of jealousy and opposition had died out, and the
good work the club had succeeded in accomplishing was fully recognized.
1892 slot of water has run under the bridges, and time has earned off in
divers ways many of the pioneers of the club so much so that of the original
members there only remains inscribed on its roll the membership the names of
R. J. Hartley, C. F. W. Jackson, E. A. Jackson, G. Raper,
W. T. Rylance, G. G. Tod,
club has from the first been exceptionally fortunate in the generosity of its
members, with the result that it now owns fourteen Challenge Cups and trophies, of which eight can be won
outright. They are: a fifty guinea vase
for dogs presented by S. Woodiwiss, a fifty guinea
vase for bitches subscribed for by Members, a twenty-five guinea cup for dogs
presented by I. N. Woodiwiss, a twenty-five guinea
cup for bitches presented by the late Capt. J. L. Piddocke,
a thirteen guinea goblet for dogs presented by C. F. W. Jackson, a thirteen
guinea goblet for bitches presented by R. J. Hartley, a pair of ten guinea
silver candlesticks for dogs presented by J. Atkinson-Jowett,
a six guinea silver mug for bitches presented by W. W. Crocker, a five guinea
“Melampus” cup for produce stakes for dogs
presented by G. 1. Weinberg, a four-guinea silver bowl for dogs presented by
W. Jefferies, a four guinea silver bowl for
bitches presented by Mrs. Heinemann.
munificence of its members has also been signally displayed in another and
possibly more effective way, namely, the dispensing of princely hospitality by
J. Atkinson-Jowett, who invited every member of
the club to a banquet at Bristol in 1903, on the occasion of the club’s
annual show being held in that city, and entertained all who accepted the
invitation to bed and breakfast at his hotel; and by Mr. J. W. Proctor, who
did likewise in 1904, when the club held its annual show in Manchester. This
form of hospitality gave rise to a journalistic wag asserting that the
club’s initials, “B B C ~ stood for “Bed and
Breakfast Club,” a nickname which has stuck to it ever since. Mr. W,.
Buckler also gave the club, a considerable personal expense, one of the best
fillips it ever had by undertaking to make good all the loss arising on the
club’s annual show at Leicester in 1907, without which assistance the club
could never have held, on its own, the enormously successful and popular show
it did on that occasion, and which led to one of the after-dinner speakers
claiming that the British Bulldog Club had taught the Bulldog world “the
great freemasomy of Bulldogs,” a freemasomy
which another member, Mr. C. T..Stableforth,
has intimated his intention of maintaining to the fullest at the annual show
in 1908, to be held at Tynemouth
on 7th and 8th October.
Among the many good things
which the club has initiated in the interest of the Bulldog and its breeders
and exhibitors may be mentioned the substitution of specially designed Silver
Forks, Spoons, and Serviette Rings for the less useful Medals previously given
as Special Prizes; the inauguration of competitions, called Produce Stakes, at
which valuable cash prizes are offered; the institution of Honorary District
Representatives, the abolition of the restrictions of its club judges to its
members or to any limited number; and the institution of the “New Century
Trophies,” which annually provided a five guinea and a three guinea price
for the two most successful breeders and exhibitors of the year.
During the sixteen years of
the cab’s existence there have been very few changes among the responsible
officers of the club. Mr. S. Woodiwiss was the
first president, and held office from March 1892, to March 1893, when Mr. R.
J. Harley succeeded him, who held office until July 1906, when Major E. A.
Jackson took over the reins. Mr. Jas. Taylor acted as secretary pro tem for a
few months during the formation of the club, but its first Hon. Secretary was
Mr. Cyril Jackson who practically shaped and
controlled the destinies of the club for fourteen years up to July, 1906. On
his resignation I was appointed to the secretaryship,
in addition, to the post of treasurer, which I have held since February 1898,
when W. T. Rylance, the first treasurer, resigned
the latter office in favor of the vice-presidentship.
addition to those named at the head of this article, Capt. J. L.
Piddocke and Messrs. R. J. Hartley, H.
Shaw, I. N. Woodiwiss, J. T. Reid, G. G. Tod,
F. H. Bowers, A. Jackson, W. H. Fortescue, and A. Hardcastle,
have also held the office of Vice-President.
club has in recent years held a very successful series of Bulldog shows,
commencing in 1903 at Bristol with 264 entries, then 1904, Manchester 294,
1905 Cheltenham 305, 1906 Edinburgh 277, culminating at Leicester in 1907 with
341. All of these shows were held in conjunction with the local shows at these
towns except Leicester, which the club held on its own.
extraordinary feature common to all these shows was the exceptional support
obtained in the shape of special prizes, the list of which at Leicester
numbered no less than 313, contributed by all the principal Bulldog clubs of
the United Kingdom, by many of the Bulldog clubs in foreign countries and in
the colonies, as well as liberally by the members of the club.
B. H. Bowers
these trophies we still have the Woodiwiss Trophy
for best dog, The Members trophy for the best bitch, the Melempus
Cup presented by G. I. Weinberg, the N. Woodiwiss
trophy for Limit dog.
spirit of the British Club lives on.
the present time our Championship Show, held in November each year seems have
settled at the Nantwich Civic Hall. Numbers are
smaller than they used to be averaging between 120 and 160 dogs.
offer cups and trophies for all classes and for the winner of Best Dog and
Best Opposite sex a framed photograph of their dogs with the Members trophy
and the recently restored Woodiwiss trophy, the
trophies themselves being too fragile to be retained by the members.
prizes are offered for the first three dogs in each class.
A Puppy of the year contest with three judges is held each year and this year we
have added a Members Open Show to be held in conjunction with the Puppy
Club is in a very healthy financial position, due in no small part to the
efforts of their former Secretary Mr. Thorpe.