Poultry Club of Great Britain - National Championship Show 2019

held at the Telford International Centre on 30th November/1st December 2019

Judge – Edward Boothman


 Male 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd E. S. Hancock

Female 1st D. P. Melland 2nd E. S. Hancock 3rd D.P. Melland

Cockerel 1st C. F. Taylor (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd E.S.Hancock

Pullet 1st P. A. Morrison 2nd E. S. Hancock 3rd E.S. Hancock

Bantam Male 1st D. P.Melland (Best opposite size) 2nd C. F. Taylor 3rd E. S. Hancock

Bantam Female 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd P. A. Morrison 3rd D.  P. Melland




Report of judging at the National  2019

It was a privilege to judge the Redcaps at the National and I enjoyed it very much. I love judging and giving my reasons for how I've placed them. Everybody's opinions are different but the best, no matter what; should always prevail.

Class 351 Redcap Male

1064  1st   Clean bird and well feathered

1066  2nd  Not in peak condition. 

Class 352 Redcap Female

1069  1st   Beautiful bird but lob sided comb 

1070  2nd  Nice bird but not peak condition 

1071  3rd   Dark bird but lacking condition 

1068  4th   Older bird but too light in colour

Class 353  Redcap Cockerel 

1075  1st    A beautiful bird and 12 o clock on day - Best of Breed

1073  2nd  Too light in colour. 

Class 354  Redcap  Pullet 

1079  1st   Lovely bird but too light

1076  2nd  Nice bird but not just as good as 1st

1078  3rd   Not in condition 

1077  4th   Not far from 3rd


The bantam class I split into Male and Female. 

Class 355 Redcap Bantams 


1083  1st   Lovely Cockerel and Best Opposite Size.

1082  2nd  Not far from 1st.

1081  3rd  Another nice bird but not as good as 1st.


1088  1st    Lovely bird 

1085  2nd   Again not far from 1st

1086  3rd   Too light in colour

Some bantams were overweight.

(Thanks to Edward)          


National Federation of Poultry Clubs - Federation Championship Show 2019

held at the Stafford County Showground on 21st/22nd December 2019

Judge – Mark Carson


Cock 1st C. F Taylor 2nd E. S. Hancock

Hen 1st M. Johnson (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd D.P. Melland 3rd D. P. Melland

Cockerel 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd M. Johnson 3rd E. S. Hancock

Pullet 1st A. Morrison 2nd C. F. Taylor 3rd E. S. Hancock

Bantam Male 1st C. F. Taylor (Best Opposite Size) 2nd D. P. Melland 3rd E. S. Hancock

Bantam Female 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd A. Morrison 3rd D. P. Melland



Selston Poultry Fanciers Show 2020

January 2020


Large Male/Female 1st E. Hancock (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd A. Morrison 3rd A. Morrison

Bantam Male/Female 1st E. Hancock 2nd D. Melland 3rd D. Melland




High Peak Poultry Club - The Derbyshire Championship Poultry Show 2020

held at the Bakewewll Agricultural Centre on 1st February 2020

Judge – L. Blanchon



Cock 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd D. P. Melland

Hen 1st D. P. Melland 2nd D. P. Melland 3rd E. S. Hancock

Cockerel 1st C. F. Taylor (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd M. Johnson 3rd F. Parker

Pullet 1st M. Johnson (Best Derbyshire Redcap entered by a Novice) 2nd J. and J. Wilson 3rd C. F. Taylor

Bantam Male 1st F. Parker 2nd C. F. Taylor 3rd D. Melland

Bantam Female 1st C. F. Taylor (Best Derbyshire Redcap Bantam) (Best Derbyshire Redcap Opposite Sex) 2nd D. P. Melland 3rd E. S. Hancock

Junior Male/Female (large or bantam) 1st N. Verdicchio (Best Junior)  2nd E. S. Hancock 


Derbyshire Redcap Club Egg Classes

3 Large Fowl 1st E. S. Hancock 2nd D. P. Melland

1 Large Fowl 1st D. P. Melland 2nd D. Melland 3rd E. S. Hancock

3 Bantam 1st D. Melland (Best Derbyshire Redcap Eggs) 2nd D. P. Melland 3rd E. S. Hancock

1 Bantam 1st D. P. Melland 2nd D. P. Melland 3rd E. S. Hancock




Derbyshire County Show 2019

held at the Showground, Elvaston Country Park, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby. DE72 3EP

23rd June 2019

Judge – Ewan Jones


Cock 1st C. F. Taylor (Best Derbyshire Redcap) 2nd D. Melland

Hen 1st C. F. Taylor 2nd D. Melland 3rd D. Melland




Manifold Show 2021

 held at Ilam on 14th August 2021

Judges - Alison Yates & Ewen Jones


Male/Female - One Class

1st C. F., Taylor (Hen) 2nd C. F. Taylor (Cock) 3rd D. Melland (Cock)







******************NOTE  CHANGE OF VENUE FOR 2021*******************

Redcap Club AGM:  The Duke of York, Ashbourne Road, Pomeroy, Flagg, Buxton. Derbyshire SK17 9QG 

                                                                               Tuesday 19th October 2021 - 7.00pm

******************NOTE  CHANGE OF VENUE FOR 2021*******************

***********HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE*************




Derbyshire County Show:  June 2022 - held at The Showground, Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby DE72 3EP         


Poultry Club of Great Britain Show:  -  4th and 5th   December 2021 - held at Telford International Centre, St Quentin Gate, Telford TF3 4JH


National Federation of Poultry Clubs Show: - 18th and 19th   December 2021 - held at The County Showground, Stafford, ST18 0BD


High Peak Poultry Club’s Derbyshire Championship Poultry Show: (Club Show) - 6th February 2022 – held at the Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Bakewell, Derbyshire. DE45 1EH


 Manifold Show: - 13th August 2022 - held at The Arbour Castern Hall, Ilam











The following article is taken from “The Derbyshire Redcap Fowl – Its History and Environment" by H. Hopkinson 1981


Chapter I – The Redcap


While many people visit and admire the beauty of Derbyshire, few ever know that it has a breed of poultry and two breeds of sheep of its own.   The breed of poultry is the Derbyshire Redcap, and the sheep are the Derbyshire Gritstone and the Woodland breed.  Alas a local breed of cattle, the Blue Albion, is  no longer found if the county.   Before Leghorn fowls were introduced into Britain, about 1885 the Redcap would be the most productive fowl available.   Being an excellent forager its food requirements would be low and the eggs would be very welcome and an important means of subsistence to the lead miners and quarry workers, who along with the smallholders and farmers populated an area made famous by Bess of Hardwick, Dorothy Vernon and Mary Queen of Scots.


It was assumed that the Redcap was a descendant of the Golden Hamburgh, by the early writers, who had no knowledge of genetics or Mendelism.   It is extremely unlikely that a breed like the Redcap, with its greater size and very different shape and its good egg size could have had Hamburgh blood in it.


Many of the rare breeds of poultry owe their development and in some cases survival, to the lifelong devotion of one breeder and family.   The Dorking has been bred by the Major family for nearly one hundred years, the Faverolle by the Milner family of Eckington for fifty years, the Redcap breed had an equally enthusiastic supporter, Mr. E. A. Wragg, the Edensor school master, who bred, exhibited, judged and also exported the breed all over the world.   The Redcap was bred by Harry Fox of Matlock from the 1920’s until his death in 1965, who also exported birds to many parts of the world.   Ten years later, in 1975, there are between twelve and twenty breeders and while the combs are much smaller it is a very much improved bird today that appears at shows.   It is regrettable that the Gold Spangled Hamburgh is almost extinct.   The craze for shows and fancy fowl began in 1845 after imported birds had been given to Queen Victoria.   By the 1880’s new varieties and colours of fowl were numerous and the Redcap probably owes its survival to the ardent support it received in the Peak District, especially in the vicinity of Chatsworth.   The extracts from books and journals in the following pages will show the enthusiasm for the native breed.


Chapter II – The Redcap in Early Shows


In the 'Cottage Gardener and Country Gentleman' dated January 25th 1859 a report of a show was recorded that took place on the 18th, 19th and 20th January at Chesterfield.


Redcaps first J. Hollins, Sheffield, second G. Marshall, Chesterfield

Chickens of 1858 first J. Woollen, Sheffield, second B. Oates, Sheffield.


On July 1st , 2nd, 4th and 5th 1859 a poultry show was held at Sheffield.


Redcap 1st J. Hollins, Owlerton, Sheffield 2nd J. Pattison, Dee Street, Sheffield 3rd Ruth Birks, Upper Hallam, Rivelin.

Single cocks 1st J. Hollins, 2nd J.Woollen, Heeley H.C. B. Oates, Owlerton


The report read: “We have next to do with classes peculiar to Sheffield which required separate Judges Messrs. Ellison and Hellewell undertook the task.   We allude to Redcaps of which there were three classes.   They appear to have much in common with Golden Hamburghs and probably at some remote period both belonged to the same stock.   The colours are the same.   The lop-comb which would be fatal to the Hamburgh, appears to be a merit in the Redcap.   The overgrown comb is also desirable and many of the best birds had what we in other birds should term excrescences growing at the back of their combs in the form of eccentric spikes sticking out in all directions.   The breed is however unquestionably pure as adults and the chickens were all alike.”


In the chicken class the first prize was won by J. Quin, Nether Green, Fulwood, second B. Oates, third J. Crookes, Owlerton, Sheffield.


In the Poultry Book 1867 Edition by W. B. Tegetmeier, who was a compatriot of Charles Darwin, there is a short article on Redcaps.


“At some of the shows in the North of England, prizes are offered for Redcaps in addition to those for Golden Spangled Hamburghs with which the Redcaps are often said to be identical.   In some localities these birds are highly valued as profitable fowls and abundant egg producers and we have seen thirty pens entered for competition at a Yorkshire show.   The chief points in which Redcaps differ from Spangled Hamburghs are in size, in combs and in markings.   In size they greatly excel the usual Hamburghs, being as large and compact as ordinary Dorkings and in markings they want the regularity and beauty of spangle so characteristic of Golden Mooney and Pheasant fowls, being much darker on the breast and other parts.   The most striking difference however is in the extraordinary development of the comb, this is increased in size to so great a degree, that the combs of the hens are much larger than those of the ordinary Hamburgh cocks, even when at their greatest size.   So enormous are they that it is almost impossible for them to balance on the skull and they constantly lop over to one side.   This, however, is not regarded as a serious defect by the amateurs of the breed, their aim being to produce combs that are of extreme size, square in front, well spiked and peaked behind, in fact a rose comb, immensely magnified.   The cocks not infrequently possess combs upward of three inches in breadth at the front and more than four inches in length, measured to the end of the peak behind.   Valuable as Redcaps may be, both as table fowl and as enormous egg producers, we cannot do more than regard them as a local breed, not likely ever to rise into general estimation.   The excessive development of comb so highly valued by the fancier of the variety, is a property that would rather be regarded as a deformity by amateurs is general.”


  TO BE CONTINUED                                                                                                                                     

 ©Derbyshire Redcap Club 2021



Editor’s footnote:  Please bear in mind that some of the material in this article was originally written in 1867 and since that time good sense on comb size has prevailed and the Redcap standard now recommends a comb size much smaller, set straight on the head and carried well off the eyes and beak.







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