Johnson’s Chair Ceremony 2019

On Saturday, 2 March 2019 the Society performed the annual ceremony to honour a chair associated with Johnson, which now resides in the birth room at the Johnson Birthplace Museum. This is the chair which Johnson probably left in the garden at Edial Hall in lieu of debts, and was then kept by the partly assuaged gardener. It was eventually sold to a Dr John Salter of Chasetown; he in turn sold it, just before the War, to the archaeologist Halstead Vanderpoel of Washington, who presented it in 1981 to the Johnson Society. Mr Vanderpoel (who died in 2004 at the age of 92) came over to make the toasts in what has since become known as the ‘Chair Ceremony’. The Society links the ceremony to the March 2 celebrations, the date that Johnson and Garrick left for London.

A video of the 2019 ceremony (courtesy of Annette Rubery) can be watched here: