CIRCOMANIA

ANOTHER ONE OF MY LOVES IS THE CIRCUS….. I KNOW MUCH HAS BEEN WRITTEN ABOUT THE CRUELTY INVOLVED WITHIN CIRCUSES WITH MENAGERIES ATTACHED…. I CAN ONLY GO ON WHAT I READ AND ALTHOUGH THERE HAVE BEEN PROVEN CASES OF CRUELTY THE MAJORITY OF CIRCUSES DO NOT HAVE BLEMISHES ON THEIR NAME ..

MY ACTUAL INVOLVEMENT IN THE CIRCUS  IS ACTUALLY NIL… I AM GENUINELY ONLY INTERESTED IN THE  MENAGERIE SIDE OF THE CIRCUS.. I ALSO HAVE FOUND MYSELF SHOWING GREATER INTEREST IN THE BRITISH CIRCUSES AND AS THERE ARE SO MANY TO RESEARCH I HAVE TRIED TO LIMIT MY INTEREST TO THE FOLLOWING BRITISH CIRCUSES :-

BERTRAM MILLS

BILLY SMART

CHIPPERFIELD

TOM ARNOLD HARRINGAY CIRCUS

BILLY RUSSELL

BELLE VUE MANCHESTER

JACK HYLTON

MY MAIN INTEREST  WITH BERTRAM MILLS IS THE CIRCUSES OF  OLYMPIA UP UNTIL ITS CLOSURE IN 1968

MY MAIN INTEREST WITH BILLY SMART IS THE EARLY YEARS CIRCUSES AND OF COURSE THE CROSS OVER TO WINDSOR SAFARI PARK IN THE 1960’S

MY MAIN INTEREST IN THE CHIPPERFIELD CIRCUS IS THE WAY IN WHICH  THE VARIOUS FAMILY BRANCHES PEELED OFF IN THEIR OWN WAYS TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS… THE FAMILY HISTORY IS FASCINATING… MANY SAFARI PARKS AND ZOOS CAME VIA THE CHIPPERFIELD FAMILY… I AIM TO DISCUSS THEM ALL IN THEIR OWN WAYS… MY BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT WITH THE FAMILY IS MARY CHIPPERFIELD WHO MANAGED TO TARNISH THE CHIPPERFIELD NAME THROUGH ANIMAL CRUELTY

MY MAIN INTEREST IN TOM ARNOLD IS THE HARRINGAY CIRCUSES WHICH RAN FOR 11 YEARS DURING THE LATE 194O’S TO THE LATE 1950’S.

I AM STILL RESEARCHING BILLY RUSSELL WHO PURCHASED THE HIPPODROME IN GREAT YARMOUTH TO PREVENT IT FROM CLOSING HE RAN THE CIRCUS FOR APPROXIMATELY 7 YEARS UNTIL HIS DEATH IN THE LATE 1950’S

THE BELLE VUE CIRCUS MANCHESTER RAN FOR APPROXIMATELY 50 YEARS … IT WAS AFFILIATED TO THE BELLE VUE ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS IN MANCHESTER I AM STILL RESEARCHING … BUT WOULD ASK THAT IF ANYONE KNOWS THE FULL NAME OF THE CIRCUSES MANAGING DIRECTOR IN THE 1940’S AND 1950’S COULD THEY LET ME KNOW VIA THE CONTACT PAGES … HE WAS ALWAYS KNOWN AS R M DIXON

MY FINAL INTEREST IN PARTICULAR CIRCUSES IS JACK HYLTONS EARLS COURT CIRCUSES … THERE WERE ONLY EVER 3 IN THE EARLY 1950’S AND AGAIN MY RESEARCH IS IN ITS INFANCY……

THERE ARE SOCIETYS AND ASSOCIATION OUT THERE WHO HAVE A LOT OF INFORMATION ON THE MANY CIRCUSES..

 

I WOULD AT THIS POINT LIKE TO MENTION DAVID JAMIESON WHO WROTE MANY BOOKS ON BRITISH CIRCUSES AND I HAVE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED READING THESE AND GAINING MUCH INFORMATION FROM HIM VIA HIS BOOKS