Re: Wombwell's Travelling Circus
I have 2 copies of a'A Zoo on Wheels', its ISBN is 1 870253 10 8, there is also another book called 'Menageries Circuses and Theatres' by E H Bostock, there is another book called 'The Training of Wild Animals' by Frank C Bostock, which is also a good read. I also have a photocopy of an old programme, my Uncle has the original.
My Grandmother was a Wombwell, she came from Duddenhoe End, Saffron Walden, Essex, near to where I live.She died a few years ago but I remember her telling me how if the circus was within a reasonable distance, the family would go and watch and get in for nothing!! They quite often performed to Royalty.The circus finished in about the 1930's, when it was sold off in bits, some of the wagons went to the USA and are still in use!! See website
If I can be of any more help or anyone else has any info please do not hesitate to contact.