Joseph Royle

Joseph Royle , '38-'06 butcher of 34 Oldham road Manchester

Besides his famous crew of Saint Bernard prize winners and champion Peter Piper bought early 1895 , Joseph Royle of 34 Oldham Road Manchester owned not less than eight KCSB prize winning Mastiffs since the early 1880ties .

Bosco bred by R Exley of Horsforth Leeds Aug ’78 out of ch Green’ Monarch’ Venus sired by Victor , bought after 2nd prize at Darlington ’79 and winning 1st & cup at Darlington ‘80 &  1st at Bridgnorth and recorded as died August ’80 ; Edna bred by TW Allen out of ch Creole sired by de Fivas’ ch Granby, 2nd prizes at Burton on Trent, Chesterfield & Crystal Palace ’81 and recorded dead the same year ; Schemyl bred by Edgar Hanbury Aug ’81 out of Nina sired by Rev Hichens’ Rupert , 2nd prize Alexandra Palace ’82 and recorded dead the same year ; Sir Garnet bred by Banks 1881 out of Mab sired by Pluto , 1st at Greenock ’83 , 1st Merthyr Tydfil ; The Prince bred by Lloyd June ’82 out of Lady sired by ch Crown Prince , 1st at Hanley ’83 , six firsts in ’84 and two in ’85 ; ch Crown Princess bred by Dr Winslow April ’81 out of Ida’ Negress sired by ch Crown Prince after winning 1st prize Puppy Class  Alexandra Palace ’81 , four 2nd prizes and 3rd at Crystal Palace ’82 .; owned by Joseph Royle she won five 1st prizes in ’83 , nine firsts in ’84 and one in ’85 ; Monte bred by JW Allen ,  March ’87 out of Nevison’ granddaughter Gipsy sired by ch Montgomery, formerly owned by Miss Rogers , 3rd prize at Birmingham ’88 , 2nd prize at Manchester ’89 ; Peveril of The Peak bred by Miss Rogers of Birch Hall Stockport Aug ’87 out of May Queen [ch Crown Prince x ch Colonel’ & ch Nero’ grandaughter Idalia] sired by his The Prince ,  2nd prize at Manchester ’94 . According to Mr C C Rice , Peveril of The Peak was houndy and  Dudley faced.

The painting at right - Mr J Royle' Distinguished Champions of the Show Bench  , 1888 - is signed with the initials 'A S'  ; the depicted Mastiff  'may' have been his ch Crown Prince' son The Prince b '82  & bred  by Mr Lloyd or is it perhaps his succesful female ch Crown Princess, by ch Crown Prince too?

It is of interest to note the Stud Books mentioned his residence as being 34 Oldham Road Manchester except for the show year 1885 which mentions Joseph Royle’ address as being - ‘Old Hall Prestwich Manchester‘. During the first part of the 1880s the world-wide known dog judge Mr Geo Raper ’47-’24 resided at the same address, ie Old Hall (farm) - see at left - Prestwich, and later on living at Wincobank farm Newman road  Sheffield being the   landlord of the Dronfield' Swan Inn - see at right - for many years. Mr Raper owned the Mastiff Prince Napoleon (late Fame) b July ’83 & bred by Mr G Foster out of ch Beau’ dau Queen sired by Mrs Carslake’ Fidelis (CP ex ch Ilford Baroness); Prince Napoleon got in ’85 1st prizes at Knighton & Darlington and 2nd prizes at Tamworth & Chesterfield. Prince Napoleon got also 1st prize in ’87 owned by Mr Joseph Evans of Salisbury Court London. Another canine judge who can be brought into connection with Mr Royle was Mr Midgley Marsden '43-'16 who judged  Mastiffs at championship level between ’04-’13 six times and was for some time Mr Royle'  associate in the pork butcher business, but later on hotel keeper at Prestwich.

The Old Hall Prestwich was formerly occupied by the bros Charles & Robert Shuttleworth ’09-’79, farmers and in the 1850/60s exhibitors & judges of livestock, seeds, roots, vegetables & implements. March lst, 1880. The Old Hall Farm, Prestwich nr Manchester—Highly important sale first-class short-horned, Ayrshire dairy cows, fat bullocks, heifers, exceedingly valuable draught and other horses, in-foal mares, &c. May ’02 - A good deal of mystery surrounds the cause of fire that partially destroyed the Old Hall Prestwich. The hall is old in fact well as in name and has been unoccupied since the judges sitting the Manchester Assizes there.

A church register declares a marriage dd 11 Apr 1814 at St Mary the Virgin Prestwich between Henry Royle and Ann Slater , both of Oldham . Maybe these could be the parents of Joseph Royle ’38-‘06 and in that way a link between Joseph Royle and his ‘Old Hall’ place of residence at Prestwich where , by the way , several ‘ Halls ‘ were situated . Note - Mr Joseph Royle married, in '71 at Chorlton, Elizabeth Ellen Cooper.

Manchester was the world' first industrialised city and played a central role during the Industrial Revolution . It was the dominant international centre of textile manufacture and cotton spinning nicknamed as Cottonopolis . Theo Marples with the assistance of Sir Humphrey de Trafford [of Trafford Park three mls SW of Manchester city] founded there ‘Our Dogs‘ magazine in 1896 , the year after Joseph Royle’ ch Peter Piper won his first Crufts cc at the famous London’ Agricultural Hall.

According to the Census Return his owner was stated as ‘ a pork butcher ‘ but a/o the number of splendid drawings and paintings made from his dogs may do believe that Joseph Royle was more than a simple shop keeper . The Manchester Dog Show Catalogue of 1890 displays on page 166 an advert [vide at right page] of ‘ Dog , cat & poultry Meat ‘ establishments providing twenty addresses of shops selling ‘ good and sound , boiled and raw HORSE MEAT ‘ for 1 ½ penny per lb aka 1/160 £ . One of them at 158 Long Millgate , exactly next to Victoria Railway Station , three shops off Oldham road where he resided at No 34 , four within an area of about half a mile , nine other ones within three miles and finally three last ones within ten miles . According to art historian Campbell Lennie , it was common in cities like New York , London & Manchester to purchase rations of horse meat for dogs and cats , since horses were dropping dead in the street everyday , the passerby scarcely sparing them a glance as the contractor or coster haggled over the price of a carcass with the cat's meat man . These inexpensive cuts of meat , combined with varied leftovers from their masters table , meant that many Victorian urban dogs enjoyed richly varied diets.

So one can affirm that in those years his ‘ business ‘ may be qualified as quite extensive , in that way affording him to keep a large kennel , a/o of costly Saint Bernards , Collies , Spaniels & Mastiffs .                                                                 

Two illustrations of ch Peter Piper at different stages of age present a Mastiff of a then breed-wise very rare allround integrality making him one of the best , if not the best , of Victorian breds ; the excerpt of the Country Life article about J Royle' dogs even mentions that PP was considered by many then good judges to be the best dog in England OF ANY BREED . That , of course , is a quite subjective statement but it marks PP may have been an extraordinary dog in quite several doggy aspects .

Such a pity he didn't transmit his qualities in a way as done by his grandsire ch Ogilvie or his great-grandsire WK ch Beaufort , the latter not only famous at British but also American shows  , winning his last challenge at a respectable age of not less than nine years .